A subsea company owned by North Sea entrepreneur Ian Suttie has won its first major UK renewables contract.
Lancaster-based First Subsea has signed a multi-million pound contract with Dong Energy to provide offshore wind farm cable protection systems (CPS) for Hornsea Project One.
John Shaw, managing director, said the deal was the result of development of new electrical connection and mooring technologies funded by a £130,000 grant from the UK government in 2014.
He said: “This contract agreement is the culmination of years of hard work at First Subsea and a very proud moment for us all. We recognised the growth of the renewables industry, particularly offshore wind, when we applied for the grant to develop our processes a few years ago. We knew it would be hugely beneficial in the long term if we were able to diversify.
“Delivering on this contract with a global player like Dong Energy will demonstrate our capabilities to the rest of the offshore wind industry, both in the UK and hopefully wider into Europe too. I can’t stress how much of a great opportunity this is for our business.”
Hornsea Project One will be built 75miles off the Yorkshire Coast. It will be the first offshore wind farm with a capacity over 1GW and capable of powering well over one million homes.