UXOcontrol, the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) risk mitigation solutions expert, has been appointed by Vattenfall as specialist contractor to complete the UXO identification campaign for its Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farm. 

When construction is completed, the Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm zone will cover an area of 225 km2 with water depths at site ranging from 18.1 m to 27.8 m. The wind farm is located between 18-36 km off the coast of The Netherlands. 

Following geophysical UXO survey work, the identification campaign is scheduled to commence in July 2020, with the mobilisation of UXOcontrol‘s fully equipped UXO identification vessel, Geoholm,  which will conduct UXO identification works for an estimated 14 week period. 

The works for Hollandse Kust Zuid, which consists of four different sites, will be executed in two campaigns. In 2020 UXO identification will be performed in site 1 and 2 and in 2021 site 3 and 4. The project is set to engage 40 of UXOcontrol’s highly-skilled offshore personnel, in addition to six of its onshore experts. 

N-Sea CEO, Arno van Poppel commented: “The renewable energy sector is one of UXOcontrol’s key markets and we are proud to showcase our capabilities and expertise by working on a project as significant as the Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm and by doing these works, to make a clear contribution to a better, safer and cleaner world”. 

Den Ouden CEO, Jeroen den Ouden commented “Our experts offer an unrivalled level of international UXO experience and we will be working closely with Vattenfall and RPS to eliminate any UXO-related risks, ensuring the safe construction and successful completion of this project.”

UXOcontrol combines the expertise and experience of its two parent companies. N-Sea, a leading survey and IRM subsea solutions provider, delivers effective and cost-efficient subsea support services to asset operators and tier one contractors within the energy industry, whilst BODAC, a leading UXO risk mitigation company, is certified in UXO surveying, identification and neutralising explosives in the marine environment.