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ReNew News: Fugro reduces downtime at Rampion offshore windfarm

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Fugro has created an innovative development for its work class remotely operated vehicles.

The company has been carrying out work laying down touchdown monitoring operations at the Rampion Offshore windfarm.

A new track base unit, fitted to its FCV ROV, has been introduced to ensure highly accurate cable positioning during cable lay operations in strong currents.

The unit ensures the continuation of operations in strong currents by enabling the ROV to run along the seabed instead of flying through the water.

It is then fitted to the existing frame but can be detached easily if required.

Fugro said the unit was developed following another project for E.ON at the Humber Gateway Offshore Wind farm last year.

Mike Daniel, business manager for construction at Fugro Subsea Services, said: “This innovative track base unit development will help to reduce vessel downtime while also providing accurate
positioning.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer this development as part of our integrated cable laying and trenching service for offshore wind farm development.”

Having joined the project in early September, another of Fugro’s specialist vessels the Fugro Saltire, is currently conducting cable burial using one of the company’s trenching systems.

The project installation is divided into two phases with the first phase due for completion in October this year.

After a winter break, the two vessels will resume installation of the remaining 65 cables in spring 2017 and completion is expected by summer 2017.

The Rampion Offshore wind farm is being built 13km off the Sussex coast by E.ON, the UK Green Investment Bank and Enbridge.

The 400MW project is due to be completed in 2018.

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