UK firm, EDS HV Group, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has been awarded a critical cable termination and testing contract on the 90 wind turbines that make up the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm. EDS HV Group offers high voltage engineering solutions to the renewables industry, from conceptual design, through to installation and operations and maintenance. Their contract with Triton Knoll involves the installation and termination of high voltage cables between the offshore foundations and the turbine switchgear, with pre-testing, mock-up trials and cable preparation having already been undertaken in late 2020.
The contract is a significant award from Triton Knoll and represents the latest in a series of recent project wins for James Fisher in the renewables market and this contract builds on previous site preparation / UXO removal work undertaken at Triton Knoll in 2019.
EDS has completed over 9000 terminations without failure. Their strong safety, performance and quality records enables a ‘no snag’ approach, completing the work in 36-hour windows to ensure progression of the time-critical project. This eliminates return site visits, helping keep the safety risk associated with getting crew to the site, the emissions associated with the vessels required, and the cost to the project owner, to a minimum.
This new contract award demonstrates RWE’s commitment to deliver new investment into the UK supply chain.
Julian Garnsey, Project Director for Triton Knoll and RWE said: “I am delighted to be working with EDS who, along with their parent company James Fisher, bring strong UK based skills to the Triton Knoll project. This is another example of the potential for offshore wind to deliver regional investment into coastal communities and businesses where jobs and economic regeneration are most needed.”
Lee Glendening, Termination and Testing Business Manager at EDS HV, who is leading the project execution as part of the onshore project management team, commented on the contract win: “We are highly experienced in this type of complex work, which requires multi-skilled teams working in rotation to meet a scheduled deadline. We have an enviable reputation for high-quality termination experience and engineering expertise.
When we first started working with Triton Knoll, we struck up a very natural relationship. With projects like this where there is complex work taking place within tight deadlines, our clients need the confidence that we can deliver – we have demonstrated expertise and experience in this work and are proud to be playing our part in supporting the transition to renewable energy sources.”