Italian cable supplier wins contract from Spanish owner to install subsea power lines to Kincardine offshore turbine farm

Kincardine offshore floating wind farm location, off Aberdeenshire coast
Kincardine offshore floating wind farm location, off Aberdeenshire coast

An Italy-based cable supplier has won a contract from a Spanish-based developer to supply power lines to a new floating offshore wind farm in Scotland.

The Kincardine offshore wind farm was first developed by Lord Nicol Stephen, a former Liberal MSP, before it was bailed out by Cobra Wind International Ltd.

It is not known if Stephen is still involved with the company.

Cobra Wind has now awarded the cabling contract for the Kincardine project to the Prysmian energy and telecoms supplier.

This is the Prysmian’s first cable project for a floating offshore wind farm, and will entail the design and supply of two export cables as well as inter-array cables.

The cable will also be provided with all associated cable accessories in order to connect the turbines of the Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Farm, situated approximately 10 southeast of Aberdeen, to the Scottish mainland power grid. Installation is planned during 2018 and 2019.

The Prysmian cable-laying ship Giulio Verne
The Prysmian cable-laying ship Giulio Verne

Prysmian will be responsible for the supply of each export cable which is made up as a single cable length to run along an approximate 12-mile route consisting of a static cable design combined with around 0.5 km dynamic cable route section to complete the connection to the floating turbine tower.

The 33 kV three-core submarine cable will utilise an EPR insulation system throughout, with the static section length finished with single wire armouring whereas the dynamic section will apply a double wire armoured design.

The submarine cables will be produced at the company’s factories in Vilanova, Spain, and Drammen, Norway.

25 Jan 2018

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