Siem Installs Veja Mate Inter-Array Cables 10 Weeks Early

Siem Offshore Contractors has completed the inter-array cable installation and post-lay burial activities at the Veja Mate offshore wind farm in German North Sea ten weeks ahead of schedule.

Cable installation started on 1 October, and since then Siem successfully installed 73 composite submarine power cables totaling 97 kilometres in length using their Siem Aimery and Siem Moxie vessels for cable laying and installation support.

Termination and testing activities will be completed within the next few weeks.

The inter-array grid will connect the wind farm’s 67 Siemens 6MW turbines with an offshore substation which will collect the electricity generated by the wind turbines and send it to the mainland via export cables.

Veja Mate’s IAC Package Manager Klaus Zwirlein said: “We are happy to have brought this project to a successful end, ahead of schedule. Although the weather was kind to us, our achievement was realized thanks to the great team effort of our IAC staff and SOC project teams for their dedication and commitment.“

Veja Mate is a 402MW, EUR 1.9 billion offshore wind project owned by the Highland Group Holdings Ltd, Siemens Financial Services and CI II managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

Bank financing for the project was completed on 1 July 2015. Construction started on 4 April 2016 and the project is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2017.