James Fisher to identify UXO on RTE’s grid connection

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James Fisher Renewables, a trusted supplier of comprehensive offshore wind-farm solutions, has been selected by the French transmission grid operator Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE) to identify unexploded ordnance (UXO) along the export cable routes for the Fécamp offshore wind project.

The 18 kilometer export cable, which will sit at depths between five meters and 35 meters, will provide the electricity transmission connection for the 71-turbine offshore wind project 13 to 22 kilometers off the northwest coast of France. In preparation for laying the cable, RTE has contracted JF Renewables to identify and investigate potential UXO along the length of the cable’s planned routes, with confirmed targets to be disposed of by the French Navy in line with regional legislation.

In preparation for laying the cable, RTE has contracted JF Renewables to identify and investigate potential UXO along the length of the cable’s planned routes. (Courtesy: James Fisher Renewables)

The contract will be fulfilled by JF Renewables’ subsidiary Mojo Maritime France (MMF) and will create temporary local jobs for project supervisors, remote operated underwater vehicle (ROV) pilots and technicians, and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and UXO dive specialists. The award follows the successful completion of a similar UXO identification campaign last summer for RTE’s grid connection of Saint Nazaire offshore wind project off the west coast of France.

“Having performed thousands of unique potential UXO target identifications, we bring a wealth of experience that will ensure this project is delivered safely and efficiently,” said Giovanni Corbetta, managing director of James Fisher’s Marine Contracting Division. “We are delighted to be able to leverage our expertise working in extreme environments to help France deliver on its ambitious industrial plan for the region.”

The project was expected to begin in May 2021 and complete within two months.

James Fisher Renewables provides comprehensive and trusted offshore wind-farm solutions dedicated to the technical and operational aspects of construction preparation, installation, and specialist operation and maintenance.

Globally, the company’s expertise has supported the construction and development of more than 17 GW of offshore wind installed capacity in under 14 years.

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