Grampian-based subsea services company wins major wind farm power array cabling contract in English Channel

The Fugro 'Saltire' will lay offshore power cables to the wind farm.
The Fugro ‘Saltire’ will lay offshore power cables to the wind farm.

Aberdeen-based Fugro Subsea Services has won a contract for the installation and burial of 122 array cables at the Rampion offshore wind parc.

It will consist of 116 turbines, each with a generating capacity of 3.45 MW. Construction is expected to be completed in 2018.

This will be built in the English Channel eight miles off the Sussex coast, by E.ON alongside partners UK Green Investment Bank.

The engineering and planning will start immediately with installation being carried out in two phases in 2016 and 2017.

Fugro will lay and bury the cables with its construction and installation vessels Fugro Symphony and Fugro Saltire using one of its two Q1400 trenching systems to bury the cables. The array cables will be pulled in and laid between the wind turbines and the offshore substation, where the power is then transmitted onshore.
Derek Cruickshank, Managing Director, Fugro Subsea Services, said:  “Subsea installation and trenching systems are amongst Fugro Subsea’s specialist services and our focus on offshore energy is supported by a team of highly experienced onshore and offshore personnel.”

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