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Specialist Subsea Services Secures Contract with Gwynt Y Mr Offshore Wind Farm

23 August 2012

Aberdeen-based Specialist Subsea Services (S3), a provider of ROV, survey and vessel services to the international energy industry, has been contracted to carry out work on Gwynt y Mr Offshore Wind Farm, off the coast of North Wales.

S has already mobilised its vessel, the Sentinel, in order to undertake survey and debris clearance from the site.

Work on the project will involve the deployment of ROV equipment, use of the companys hydraulic grab, survey, positioning equipment and seabed mapping systems in order to detect seabed targets - such asnatural boulders and manmade debris - for inspection and possible removal. This debris clearance is necessary to ensure the seabed is clear for further development works.

S is fielding a 15 man team to carry out the project, which is expected to take 50 days to complete.

This work is in preparation for the installation of wind turbine foundations, the first of which was installed earlier this month. Gwynt y Mr, which is being built 13km (8m) off the coast, is one of the largest offshore wind farms under construction in Europe.

Once fully operational, energy generation is expected to be equivalent to the average annual needs of around 400,000 homes(1).

Graeme Kidd, managing director at S, said: "We are delighted that Gwynt y Mr Offshore Wind Farm Limited has awarded us this contract. This is the first major renewable contract that we have won to date and we hope more will follow.

"S is continually working on expanding its services and expertise, and securing contracts such as this which will help us in our strategy to expand our influence in the renewables industry and internationally.

"I am confident that Gwynt y Mr Offshore Wind Farm Limited will be pleased with all work carried out for the duration of this project and I look forward to working with them and providing the level of support that our client rightly expects.

RWE npower renewables Gwynt y Mr Project Director, Toby Edmonds said: "We are delighted to appoint another UK based company to work on this nationally significant offshore renewables project.

"So far, Gwynt y Mor Offshore Wind Farm Limited has awarded contracts worth more than £310 million to companies across the UK.

S is an Aberdeen-based provider of ROVs and survey services to the oil and gas and renewable industries. Adopting a "life of field approach, S offers its customers a comprehensive package of services that includes: offshore installation and construction support, IRM?, decommissioning and precise positioning and surveys for construction vessels and drilling rigs. S is a subsidiary of Reef Subsea AS.