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Boskalis to use SMD plough

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Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) has handed over a purpose built pre lay plough to marine service providers Boskalis, for use at Ørsted’s offshore wind farm Hornsea Two.

The multi-functional pre lay plough will be used by Ørsted contractor, Boskalis to install 380 km of export cables which will ultimately connect Hornsea Two’s offshore substation to the site’s onshore substation in Killingholme, Lincolnshire, UK.

Once complete, Hornsea Two will host an array of 165 wind turbines, each standing over 190 m above sea level. The wind farm, will generate 1.4 GW and will be able to power well over 1.3 million homes in the UK with clean electricity.

The pre lay plough, named Megalodon by Boskalis, was manufactured on the north bank of the Tyne, UK, by SMD who employ over 240 people, and will benefit from features such as an active steering, multi modes, specialised share design and remote-control access.

The Megalodon can operate in water at a depth of up to 500 m and will be used in collaboration with Boskalis’ offshore support vessel, the BOKA Falcon. With offshore works due to commence in May for Hornsea Two’s offshore construction. Boskalis are working alongside Ørsted to complete cable-laying campaigns for 2020 within six months.

Expected to be complete in 2022, Hornsea Two’s wind farm array is dispersed across an area of 462 km2.

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