Trelleborg to Supply Cable Protection for Fukushima Floating Wind Farm

Trelleborg’s offshore operation has secured a contract to supply its range of high performance cable protection for phase two of the prestigious offshore wind farm Fukushima Forward Project, lead by Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. 

Following a successful delivery of phase one, Trelleborg has been selected to provide its distributed buoyancy modules (DBM), bend stiffeners with dynamic bend stiffener connectors (DBSC), Uraduct™ cable protection and bend restrictors to phase two of the project. The products are due to be installed quarter three of this year and, once complete, the project will be the world’s largest floating wind farm.

Furukawa Electric, comments: “We originally appointed Trelleborg as we knew of their reputation for delivering quality solutions and technical know-how, even under challenging timescales. And they certainly delivered. So when we commenced phase two of the project we had no hesitations to contract them again, as reliability and peace of mind in these final stages are so important.” 

John Deasey, Renewables Sales Manager within Trelleborg’s offshore operation, says: “Securing the contract for phase one was a real accomplishment for Trelleborg. We knew the gravitas of the project and the tight timelines it was under. However, with the input of our specialist teams we ensured that we delivered all products exactly to schedule and in accordance with Furukawa Electric’s strict deadline. 

“I believe that securing this second contract is an acknowledgement of the quality work we delivered in 2013, and further cements our position as the leading supplier of cable protection to the emerging floating wind farm market.” 

In floating production environments, subsea electrical power cables are used to inter-connect floating structures on offshore wind farms and also run between the substation (electrical hub of the wind farm) and the shore. Trelleborg’s high performance DBM’s are designed to secure, guide and protect these power cables from excessive movement and bending that could cause fatigue damage.

Press release, September 19, 2014; Image: Trelleborg

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