Drammen, Norway — Draka Offshore has been awarded the array cabling contract for the Walney 2 project from Dong Energy in Denmark. This announcement follows the recent completion of the company’s expansion to its subsea production facility.
The contract requires Draka to deliver approximately 60 kilometers of 36-kilovolt (kV) subsea power cable for use in the Walney 2 project. In addition to managing all logistics associated with delivering the subsea cable to the site, Draka will provide a range of accessories, coordinate installation of accessories and provide commissioning of the circuits.
“The Walney 2 project represents our first major wind farm project following our expansion,” said Martin Dale, commercial director for subsea for Draka Offshore. “We have been delivering subsea power cables to the oil and gas and utility sectors for more than 30 years and this new project demonstrates our ability to deliver the same consistent quality for offshore wind.”
Located in the East Irish Sea, approximately 15 kilometers west of Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, UK, the Walney project consists of fifty-one 3.6-megawatt (MW) turbines, with cables buried to a depth of approximately two meters. Installation of the project is expected to start in the summer of 2011.
The Walney 1 and Walney 2 projects will be constructed sequentially by Dong Energy, which is positioning the installation vessels using state-of-the art technology for pin-point accuracy and needs cable providers like Draka to deliver on time and collaborate with the company and other subcontractors.