Scottish ROV firm wins seven-figure Moray East Windfarm deal

A Scottish-headquartered remotely operated vehicle (ROV) firm has announced a seven-figure deal with the Moray East Offshore Windfarm project.

Utility ROV Services revealed last night it has been brought in by wind developer EDP Renewables to provide “boulder relocation services”.

The multi-million contract will also see six additional staff employed by the Glenrothes-based firm.

Utility ROV currently employs 34 staff and was formed in 2013.

Work by Utility ROV is due to begin in Q1 this year.

Patrick Crawford, Managing Director of URS explained “This contract is a welcome start to 2019 for the company, and is the result of the hard work and efforts by the whole team here at URS. The award reflects our commitment to safety and excellent track record in delivering Subsea projects, as well as illustrating confidence in the local Scottish Supply Chain, to deliver first class services to the Offshore Wind Industry. ”

Utility ROV said new staff being employed by the firm will support a number of project awards and “the overall growth of the business”.

The Moray Firth wind project announced £2.6 billion of project finance investment alongside a clutch of big deals last month.

The 950 megawatt (MW) Moray East Offshore Windfarm confirmed a number of multi-million pound contracts with Siemens, Boskalis and MHI Vestas.

Dutch cable firm Boskalis announced a £98 million deal to lay inter-array cabling, while Siemens and turbine firm MHI Vestas both confirmed they had inked “significant multi-million pound deals”.

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The development, due to begin construction in 2021, is expected to power more than 950,00 homes.

Project director for Moray East, Oscar Diaz said “Utility ROV were successfully selected through our competitive tender process, and we are pleased to have them onboard as a key supplier in this phase of the project development.

“Moray East are committed to providing opportunities to local companies with a robust safety record and technical excellence in their field, and URS delivered on both these points, providing confidence in their abilities to execute the scope of work effectively.”