Contract Wins and Acquisitions Further Growth of Global Offshore Wind Industry

The UK generates more electricity from offshore wind than any other country, meeting 5 percent of total national demand. That figure is likely to grow, with the sector predicted to be worth just under £3B [US $3.9B] to the UK economy by 2030.

DONG Energy’s 1.2-GW Hornsea Project One will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world once built and on Monday, July 17, international marine and engineering consultancy LOC Renewables announced that it will be carrying out marine warranty surveying (MWS) services on Hornsea Project One. The site, which will consist of 174 turbines installed off the Yorkshire coast in the North Sea is scheduled for commissioning in 2020.

Working with contractor teams on site, LOC will review the procedures and technical designs for the transportation and installation for offshore substations and for array cables connecting turbines to the substations.

With Hornsea Project One being larger and further from shore than any UK wind farm to date, LOC said that its MWS service will provide assurance to the contractors, the developer, and their underwriters that the transportation and installation of all offshore substations and array cables will be conducted safely and effectively within the challenging operating conditions imposed by the project’s unique location.

“Developing the UK supply chain is key to bringing down the cost of offshore wind, and we have contracted many UK suppliers for Hornsea Project One,” added Duncan Clark, Senior Programme Director, at DONG Energy.

“As a UK-based leader in marine warranty surveying, with an international pedigree, LOC was the ideal choice to undertake this work for what will be the biggest wind farm in the world.”

In addition to those located in UK waters, LOC has provided services on more than two thirds of European offshore wind farms.

In related cabling news, UK-based offshore oil, gas and renewable company JDR Cables announced that it is being acquired by Poland-based TELE-FONIKA Kable (TFKable) subject to regulatory approval.

Both companies have a long history of collaboration, with TFKable being JDR’s important business partner providing water blocked power cores for its cable and umbilical systems. JDR’s highly technical subsea systems, used in the global offshore oil, gas and renewable industries, allow its customers to power and control their offshore operations, and will enhance the range of cable solutions TFKable can provide to its customers, said the companies.

JDR was recently selected by US Wind to provide cabling to U.S. offshore wind farms.

TFKable said it is planning to maintain JDR’s operations in current locations, “providing new opportunities for the local employees and business partners, and offering our customers innovative solutions,” according to Monika Cupiał-Zgryzek, Chief Executive Officer of TFKable.

David Currie, JDR’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “This acquisition creates a strong platform for JDR to enhance its position in offshore energy cables and umbilicals. It demonstrates the value JDR’s leadership has created through targeted investment in subsea technology, services and manufacturing facilities, and the talent and expertise of our staff. This news marks the next exciting chapter of our business.”

 

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on Renewable Energy World and POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com

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