Danish energy company DONG Energy and UK-based Seacat Services have confirmed a workboat crew deal to support construction operations at the Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm.

The deal will last two years with all 91 turbines at Race Bank expected to be fully commissioned by 2018.

“The construction timeline for UK offshore wind projects requires highly capable partners to deliver projects in a manner that keeps development on time and on budget,” said Ian Baylis, managing director of Seacat Services.

He added: “Our work with DONG Energy on Race Bank over the coming months will enable us to channel further investment into the local supply chain by providing opportunities for local crew and support services.”

As offshore wind developers begin construction on current projects in the UK, there is a demand for supporting contractors equipped to facilitate the installation of new sites.

Jason Ledden, construction project Manager for Race Bank at DONG Energy said: “Placing contracts with UK suppliers whenever possible is a real priority for DONG Energy and we have already worked with Seacat Services for our Westermost Rough offshore wind farm.”

He concluded: “These crew transfer vessels are part of a new fleet, and will help safely and efficiently transfer our engineers and technicians offshore to work on the construction of Race Bank’s 91 wind turbines and two substations.”

By Alice Mason