Seacat Services has secured a contract to deliver crew transfer vessels for Dong Energy’s 580MW Race Bank offshore wind farm in UK.


Under the two-year deal, Seacat will deliver four DNV-GL 1A1 HSLC R1 Service 1 classified vessels, with the first charter having taken place earlier this month.

The Race Bank wind farm will feature 91 turbines of 6MW, with Siemens Wind Power being the preferred supplier.

Located about 16.8 miles off Blakeney Point on the North Norfolk coast, the wind farm covers an area of about 75km2.

The Race Bank project, which will span about 29 square miles, is expected to start operations by 2018. It will deliver enough energy for more than 400,000 homes per year.

Export cables for the wind farm will come to shore east of the mouth of the River Nene and about 3.7 miles north-northeast of Sutton Bridge. The cables will run in a southerly direction to the connection point at the existing Walpole substation.

Seacat Services managing director Ian Baylis said: "The construction timeline for UK offshore wind projects requires highly capable partners to deliver projects in a manner that keeps developments on time and on budget.

"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 supporting services."

Dong has already worked with Seacat Services for its Westermost Rough offshore wind farm.

When the project becomes operational, it can produce enough energy to power 400,000 homes in UK every year and reduce 830,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Image: Seacat Services to support Dong Energy Race Bank offshore wind project. Photo: courtesy of Seacat Services Ltd.