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Offshore Client Rep – Saint Nazaire / Fécamp

  • Paris

Kodiak GmbH

We believe in sustainable energy and that together we can achieve the energy transition. To this end, we offer comprehensive project management and consulting services for offshore wind energy as well as energy transmission projects and help our customers achieve this goal. Our teams of experts accompany major energy utilities and project developers worldwide on this transformational journey. KODIAK ensures that your project is optimally supported and implemented from its early development stages to its final execution. Our motto: Innovative solutions, well aligned teams and a high level of technical expertise.

The scope of action of the HSE surveys project manager covers the tender and implementation phases. Depending on when he/she is mobilised, he/she could be involved in the entire process. This is a very cross-functional position, as it supports all projects in the development phase (or even the implementation phase). He/she could also be involved in the heritage survey phases corresponding to activities in the O&M phase, the aim of which is, in particular, to detect any outcrops of high-voltage cables on the seabed following sedimentary movements.

Fécamp and Saint-Nazaire wind farms are connected to the grid by two three-phases HVAC submarine cables each. We have decided to undertake a geophysical survey in 2023, therefore this requires an offshore client representation during the survey.

Each wind farm connection is made of two three-phase 225 kV submarine cables, mostly buried in individual trenches, with a length of approximately 49 km for Fécamp, and 33 km for Saint-Nazaire. The scope of work of the survey includes both nearshore and offshore sections.

The survey objectives are the following:

  • Map and identify any exposure of the cable;
  • Collect high resolution multibeam bathymetry data to allow a comparison of any seabed changes;
  • Document any areas of scour, particularly around cable external protections;
  • Locate any debris in close proximity to the cable;
  • Document visible areas of sediment mobility, trawl scars and anchor dragging;
  • Provide information to inform future remedial work.
  • For this purpose, a Survey Contractor will perform MultiBeam EchoSounder (MBES) and Sonar Side Scanner (SSS) surveys on a corridor of 30 m above cables.
  • In addition, a visual inspection using a ROV will be performed in the offshore substation area, in order to:
  • Determine the touch down point position (first contact point between the Cable and the seabed)
  • Check the condition of the outer sheath of the Cable and of the Cable Protection.

The preliminary schedule of the survey is presented in appendix. It may be subject to modification, in particular due to Survey Contractor delay or standby during operation.

Projected offshore mobilisation date: 23/07/23

Projected nearshore mobilisation date: 04/09/23

Your responsibilities in this role will include the following:

Before mobilisation, the OCR shall:

  • Attend the HSE briefing, as specified in the CCTG Frame Agreement OCR Rev2;
  • Attend all meeting necessary to prepare the operations;
  • Propose a format of Daily OCR Report, to be validated by RTE. The Daily OCR Report shall cover:

o Operation log and performance over the last 24 hours;

o Planed activities for the next 24-48 hours;

o Issues (HSE…);

o Downtime;

o Weather;

o General comments.

The OCR shall follow up and control activities during mobilization and nearshore/offshore activities, including but not limited to:

  • Full checking at the mobilization phase in order to confirm the vessels are well equipped and loaded in accordance with the works to be performed;
  • Check that works are performed according to RTE specifications, contract between the RTE and the Survey Contractor, predefined procedures, best practices and legislation; it includes but is not limited to weather standby decision;
  • Check the Contractor Daily Progress Report: including ongoing activities, special facts, weather standby issues, schedule for next days;
  • Address a Daily OCR Report to RTE before 10:00, followed by a daily conference call with RTE;
  • Ensure the Survey Contractor executes the agreed project work scope safely, timely and efficient in accordance with, contract, procedures and relevant legislation and alert the RTE if necessary;
  • Stop work if performance or HSE is not in accordance with the contract, regulations, and state of the art. Such a decision will be duly justified and immediately reported to RTE;
  • Should there be an incident, ensure that the appropriate incident investigation and reporting is carried out;
  • Establish and maintain effective operational communications with RTE;
  • Ensure the optimization of costs for RTE, in particular for the management of the weather

To be considered for this role your experiences will include the following:

The OCR shall have experience or knowledge related to:

  • Geophysical study;
  • Survey Technology;
  • Marine regulations;
  • Submarine cable installation;
  • HSE.
  • Fluency in English (mandatory)
  • Fluency in French would be appreciated

What we can offer you:

  • Various hybrid working models including remote working and flexible working hours
  • Individual offers for further training and development
  • Special conditions and personal offers with high end brands via our Corporate Benefits platform
  • Company pension plan with an above average employer subsidy

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