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Mud stops play at Teesside

Construction work halted as jack-up leg is stuck in seabed

Work is underway to free the jack-up vessel being utilised at EDF's 62MW Teesside offshore wind farm, currently under construction. One of the legs on the JB-114 has become embedded in soft seabed mud, preventing retraction and movement of the vessel.

The developer is working with contractor Van Oord to free it. If favourable weather conditions prevail, it is hoped that lost working time can be recovered, Windpower Offshore understands. Van Oord is currently installing transition pieces, with nine in place and a tenth is on the vessel awaiting installation.

The stranding of the JB-114 will not delay the beginning of sub-sea cabling work, which is set to start this week. Van Oord will utilise the HAM 601 for cabling, though progress may be somewhat affected while the JB-114 is being freed. Cabling work will begin on the nine transition pieces that have already been installed.

In other Teesside project news, Van Oord also announced this week the appointment of Modus. The Darlington-based subsea specialist will conduct trenching services, burying 26 inter array cables and undertaking pre- and post-trenching survey work. A 16-strong team will operate out of Modus’ facility on the banks of the River Tees.

Teesside is being built off Redcar and will comprise 27 Siemens 2.3MW turbines. Construction is due for completion by the end of the year.


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