Global Offshore has announced the contract award for cable installation and burial at the Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Farm for Spanish developer and construction company Grupo Cobra.
Utilising specialist cable installation vessel the Normand Clipper, the latest addition to their fleet, Global Offshore will install one export and five inter array cables at the site, totalling 30.3km. The project will commence in the spring with boulder clearance and route preparation work utilising a pre-lay plough, ideally suited to the varying seabed conditions expected in and around the wind farm location. Installation works will include the use of a dynamic riser to allow for movement of the platform, an engineering solution unique to this emerging floating sub-sector of offshore wind. Following the cable installation, remedial burial will be completed on parts of the route by a jet trencher to ensure the long term safety of the cable.
Mr Mike Daniel, Managing Director of Global Offshore commented, “We’re pleased to be working with Grupo Cobra on this project, located just on the doorstep of our Head Office in Aberdeen. We are taking our extensive experience in installing dynamic umbilicals and flexibles in offshore oil and gas, and applying it to cable installation in the emerging floating wind farm sector, a growth area of offshore renewables.” Mr. Daniel continued, “Utilising multiple assets from across the Group to deliver this project showcases the complete cable installation solution that we’re able to offer to our customers.”
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