VBMS Wraps Up Drilling for Dudgeon Export Cabling

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VBMS has completed two 1,170 meter long horizontal directional drillings at the landfall for the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.

The drillings were done in preparation for the installation of two 42 kilometer long export cables next year. To avoid worsening weather conditions later in season, the work was brought forward by three months. This meant that VBMS could deliver the project ahead of schedule to Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited, a subsidiary of Norwegian companies Statoil, Statkraft and Masdar, the company wrote in a press release.

Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited said: “We are very pleased with the performance that VBMS delivered on this part of the project in terms of efficiency and HSE. The drilling operations and associated marine work were executed within the scheduled time. The VBMS team and their subcontractors Visser & Smit Hanab and diving contractor Aquatech were all qualified, with personnel using first class equipment and marine spread which were very well suited for the scale of the work.”

VBMS will continue with the export cable installation at Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm in March 2016. The total scope of work for VBMS also includes the design, supply, installation, termination and testing of 67 inter-array cables, which measure approximately 100 kilometres, the company added.

The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm is located 32 kilometres off the British coast, north of the town of Cromer in North Norfolk (UK) and 20 kilometres northeast of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm. The 67 wind turbines have a total capacity of 400 MW.

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