North Shields based manufacturer, Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) recently handed over a purpose built pre lay plough to marine service providers Boskalis.
The plough will be used for the first time at Ørsted’s offshore wind farm Hornsea Two to install 380km of export cables which will ultimately connect Hornsea Two’s offshore substation to the site’s onshore substation in Killingholme, Lincolnshire.
Once complete, Hornsea Two will host an array of 165 wind turbines, each standing over 190m above sea level. The wind farm, which will become the world’s largest generating 1.4GW, 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 by SMD who employ over 240 people, and will benefit from features such as an active steering, multi modes, specialized share design and remote-control access.
The Megalodon can operate in water at a depth of up to 500m and will be used in collaboration with Boskalis’ offshore support vessel Falcon.