Essex firm wins offshore cable contract

UK firm Global Marine Energy has won a contract to install offshore export cables at a Welsh wind farm. At 576MW, Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm is one of […]

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By Kelvin Ross

UK firm Global Marine Energy has won a contract to install offshore export cables at a Welsh wind farm.

At 576MW, Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm is one of the biggest currently in construction.

It is being built by RWE npower renewables 13 kilometres off the North Wales coast, in water depths of 12-28 metres.

Once operational, energy from Gwynt y Môr is expected to be the equivalent to the average annual needs of around 400,000 homes.

Global Marine Energy managing director Nicola Broom said: “Our experience in managing the complexities of subsea power cable installation will be crucial to this project, which is massive in scale, and which will realise the great potential of the Welsh coast as a site for innovation in offshore transmission design.”

Turbine foundation installation at Gwynt y Môr is expected towards the end of this year and is expected to last for around 24 months. Chelmsford-based Global Marine’s offshore export cable installation is due to start next year.