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The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has taken delivery of a bespoke subsea cable bend fatigue test rig.
A new system for monitoring subsea cables in the offshore renewables sector has completed tests at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, aimed at demonstrating technical and commercial viability of the technology.
Wood has led a joint industry project (JIP) to improve knowledge and understanding of submarine cables behaviour on the marine environment and rocky seabed, and develop a new set of industry guidelines.
US Wind has chosen JDR Cable Systems as preferred supplier of both inter-array and export cables for its 750MW wind farm off the coast of Maryland.
High-voltage inter-array cables such as the new 66 (72.5) kV cable recently introduced by the UK-based JDR Cables in Hartlepool will have a key role in helping the offshore wind industry move towards increased power transmission between high-power large turbines, James Young, JDR’s Chief Technical Officer told Offshore WIND.
Offshore Wind Consultants Limited (OWC) has been employed by Transmission Capital Services Limited (TCS) to provide technical consultancy services on contingency planning and other services relating to the OFTO assets managed by TCS. TCS manages six OFTOs, namely TC Barrow OFTO Limited, TC Gunfleet Sands OFTO Limited, TC Ormonde OFTO Limited, TC Robin Rigg OFTO […]
One of the major cost elements in developing an offshore wind farm is to be found in the area of cabling and grid connection. There are significant costs incurred with the production of the inter array and export cables, their installation and the related connection activities ensuring the transfer of the energy produced to the […]
Jee Ltd has completed a Centrica Renewable Energy Ltd contract, which saw the subsea engineering and training firm successfully perform a subsea power cable analysis that will potentially reduce future operation and maintenance costs on an offshore wind project. Centrica Renewable Energy commissioned Jee to identify scenarios that could lead to premature failure of the […]
Canada’s test center for in-stream tidal energy technology FORCE has secured a power cable to a barge as part of its trials in the Minas Passage in Bay of Fundy, Canada. FORCE is performing a series of marine trials to support the deployment of up to four underwater power cables in the near future. These cables are […]
Long-standing SMD customer DeepOcean have now received delivery of their 1000hp QTrencher (QT) 1000 and successfully completed a number of projects. The recently upgraded T-3200 heavy duty trenching tractor is set to sit alongside the industry‐leading free flying, jet trenching ROV on DeepOcean’s Havila Phoenix vessel. Paul Davison, SMD’s Deputy MD commented: “We are particularly […]
The Marine Institute in collaboration with SEAI, the Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (UCC) and SmartBay Ireland Ltd have been awarded consent from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to install a subsea fibre optic cable form the shore in Spiddal Co. Galway to an underwater hub that will link to the existing […]
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has taken an important step toward issuing a research lease for a facility to test utility-scale wave energy devices in federal waters off Oregon. The non-competitive lease would be for the offshore area where the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State University (Center) would site […]
Any activity underwater and on or under the seabed in the various offshore energy sectors can usually be prefixed by the word “subsea”. Subsea activities began in earnest in the 30’s and 40’s of the last century with the first offshore oil wells. It was, however, the Victorian engineers laying communication cables across the seas and building ports to […]
Offshore renewable energy is evolving rapidly, with offshore wind being one of the pioneer sectors. Energy generated from offshore wind farms needs an efficient transmission system of subsea power cables to connect to the onshore network. Energy transmission networks can form the most expensive components of offshore wind farms. Setting aside the actual manufacturing and installation costs, the potential costs related to a […]
Reef Subsea announced that its subsidiary company, Reef Subsea Power and Umbilical Ltd., with offices in Stockton-on-Tees and Aberdeen, has successfully completed a series of offshore trials on its recently launched Q1000 subsea trenching ROV. The capabilities of both the trencher and its Launch & Recovery System (LARS) have been tested rigorously to prove they […]
Portland in Dorset may be an Olympic site this year, but it is also the location of LiftRig Consulting’s latest subsea power cable handling and storage project. LiftRig are working with Manor Marine to provide safe and cost-effective handling and storage of spare power cables for the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The project involves […]
The offshore wind industry, it would appear, has been plagued by schedules and budgets that have far exceeded expectations, a trend that will inevitably become less of a headline-grabber as more farms come on line and experience is gained. The oil and gas industry, after all, went through similar teething issues in its heady early […]
Atlantis Resources Corporation will continue its AR1000 tidal turbine testing programme at the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in Blyth, Northumberland. The company’s AR1000 nacelle was retrieved from its test berth at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney in late November, following successful open ocean testing. It will be transported to Blyth for […]
Nexans, the worldwide leader in the cable industry, has been called in by EnBW (Energie Baden-Wurttemberg) to use its specialized Capjet trenching system to protect the HV (high voltage) subsea power export cables for Baltic 1, Germany’s first commercial offshore wind farm. Nexans provides specialized trenching service for Baltic 1 offshore wind farm subsea power […]
UK-based fabrication and engineering company Francis Brown has secured a contract with global supplier of subsea equipment SMD for the delivery of cable handling deck equipment.
By Emma Anderson, Ecosse Subsea Ecosse Subsea Systems Ltd. (ESS), based in Aberdeenshire, are delighted to announce the award of U.S.Pat.Nos. 9422690 and 9657455 for their SUST (SCAR Uninterrupted Soils Testing) plough technology. The ESS Over-the Stern Plough System is protected under patents pending in the EU (13728243) and in the U.S.(2014/0150303 A1). This proprietary […]
Trelleborg’s offshore operation has completed a series of wet tests to verify the capabilities and functionality of its NjordGuard cable protection system for installation and removal on J-tube and monopile interfaces for offshore wind farms.
Following the delivery of Maersk Connector, Marine and Towage Services Group Ltd. (MTS) reported that it had supported Damen during sea trials of its latest offshore cabling vessel. During comprehensive sea trials of the vessel in early 2016, the multi-purpose tug MTS Vigilant undertook anchor handling work to test the capabilities of the new vessel’s mooring […]
JDR, a UK based supplier of subsea umbilicals and power cables to the offshore energy industry, has appointed Rob Hastings and Alan Wilson as Non-Executive Directors. Rob Hastings is currently Executive Director of the corporate management board at The Crown Estate. He is directly responsible for the Energy & Infrastructure portfolio, constituting the Crown Estates’ property […]
SMD has delivered a QTrencher 1000 ROV to KT Submarine following a successful completion of factory acceptance testing. Delivery of the trenching system was brought forward by one month to coincide with the early completion of the refurbishment of KT Submarine’s cable ship, Responder. The whole system including associated control, LARS and spares package was […]
The Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) has unveiled two advanced underwater monitoring platforms, now in their final stages of testing in Dartmouth before sea trials in the Bay of Fundy. “To harness the enormous power of the Bay of Fundy responsibly, we have to understand it,” said FORCE general manager Tony Wright. “We’ve built two subsea instrument platforms that will give […]