JDR Cable Systems has secured a contract with Equinor to provide inter-array and export cables for the Hywind Tampen floating offshore wind project in Norway.
JDR will design and manufacture eleven 66kV dynamic inter-array cables and two static export cables, each equipped with a JDR-designed breakaway system and a range of cable accessories for delivery in 2022.
The power cores for the cables will be manufactured by JDR’s parent company TFKable at its Bydgoszcz factory in Poland. All the cables and accessories will be assembled at JDR’s facilities in Hartlepool, the UK.
The 2.5km-long inter-array cables will connect to the 11 turbines in a loop and the two static 12.9km and 16km export cables will be used to connect the loop to the Snorre A and Gullfaks A oil & gas platforms.
The greater water depth means the cable accessories will be specially designed to withstand higher water pressures, JDR said.
“We are delighted to win this project with Equinor. It’s a world-first and we are very proud to be a part of it,” said Robert Weeks, Sales Manager at JDR.
“As operators look to decarbonise production and countries look for more sources of renewable energy, floating offshore wind can make the difference, and we are committed to providing solutions and innovative technologies to help offshore wind flourish on a global scale.”
Hywind Tampen will be the world’s first offshore wind farm directly connected to oil & gas platforms. The project will feature 11 8MW turbines which will have a combined capacity of 88MW, capable of meeting about 35% of the annual power demand of the Snorre A and B, and Gullfaks A, B and C platforms.