Global Marine Begins Work on Pioneering UK Wind Energy Project

Global Marine Systems Limited has begun subsea cable installation work on the Beatrice Wind Farm Demonstrator Project (Beatrice Project), a flagship project for offshore wind energy development, states the release. The initial project will use two wind turbines 25 kilometers off the east coast of Scotland to test the viability of the Beatrice Oil Field as a future site for a commercial deep-water wind farm.

Global Marine partnered with Talisman Energy (UK) Limited, Scottish & Southern Energy and the Department of Trade and Industry on the project. It is hoped the Beatrice Project will help in addressing the fact that up to one third of the UK’s oil and gas generating capacity will reach the end of its life over the next 20 years, as reported in July’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Energy Review. The DTI’s strategy is to increase the proportion of electricity generated from renewables to 20% — a five-fold increase from today’s level. “Beatrice is an important project involving industry, academia and government collaboration which we are pleased to be part of as Global Marine continues to diversify its core telecom cable installation experience into other sectors, such as renewable energy,” said Ian Gaitch, Renewable Energy Manager at Global Marine. Using its Cable Ship Sovereign, Global Marine will install two main cables, each comprising a power and fiber optic cable, to connect the two 5-megawatt (MW) turbines to Talisman’s Beatrice Alpha oil platform. The cable installation will enable Talisman to power Beatrice Alpha using energy generated from the turbines and also remotely control and monitor certain aspects of the turbines’ performance from the oil platform, such as altering blade pitch and sending back turbine performance data for analysis. “Global Marine has a significant track record in providing cable installation to the renewable energy sector which, when coupled with their industry leading expertise and technology, made them a natural partner of choice for this project,” said Allan MacAskill, Wind Farm Project Director at Talisman Energy. Global Marine’s experience in the renewable energy sector includes working on the Kentish Flats offshore wind farm in summer 2005; Horns Rev, the world’s largest offshore wind farm in 2002 and wind farms at Blyth Northumberland in 2000.
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