Galloper Offshore Wind Farm UXO Disposal Set to Begin

Galloper Wind Farm Ltd is preparing to undertake a programme of disposal of unexploded wartime ordnance, found on the seabed where the Galloper wind farm will be built off the Suffolk coast.

The bombs were identified during surveys undertaken ahead of the offshore construction starting this summer.

Ramora UK will use a combination of remotely operated vehicles and explosive charges deployed in close proximity to the objects, to safely destroy the suspected unexploded ordnance (UXO).

The objects, confirmed as Allied and German air and sea delivered WWII ordnance, were positively identified by the Ordtek. The company was appointed by Aberdeen-based subsea services provider N-Sea, to provide UXO advice to the project.

N-Sea’s multi-support vessel, the Siem N-Sea, will survey the turbine and cabling areas for UXO at the main site. The company’s dive support vessel, Neptunus, will undertake similar work in shallow water areas.

Galloper Wind Farm Ltd, project director, Toby Edmonds, said: “Finding wartime ordnance is not a surprise given the history of the area we are working in. Although we are here to build the wind farm, we take on the responsibility of dealing with any wartime ordnance we find which will make the sea a safer place for everyone that uses it.”

He added: “We will safely remove these bombs as soon as possible but we will have to wait for the weather and sea state conditions to be just right so we can’t say precisely when it will happen but it will take place in June. We’ve found a number of devices and these are located between four and twenty six nautical miles off the coast, so some of the controlled explosions may be visible from shore.

“Until the bombs are destroyed, a 300m exclusion zone remains in place around them with work continuing as usual in other parts of the offshore construction site.”

Share this article

Follow Subsea World News

Events>

<< Apr 2018 >>
MTWTFSS
26 27 28 29 30 31 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 1 2 3 4 5 6

APPEA 2018 Conference and Exhibition

The APPEA Oil and Gas Conference & Exhibition is the largest annual upstream oil and gas event in the southern hemisphere, attracting…

read more >

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2018

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific…

read more >

9th SCADA World Summit 2018

The 4-day conference event’s key highlights will include case studies from leading energy & utilities companies, interactive discussions…

read more >

Ocean Week 2018

The workshop will be a mix of short, plenary, inspirational addresses, group discussions, and opportunities…

read more >