Seabed Power, a leading provider of subsea power cable installation and maintenance services announced the award of two contracts by DONG Walney (UK) Limited for the transportation and installation (laying and burial) of more than 92km 33kV array cables and 44 and 43km 132kV export cables in two different routes for Walney Offshore Windfarm project.
Being constructed by Dong Energy, Walney Offshore Windfarm is located in the East Irish Sea, west of Morecambe Bay, approximately 15km off the coastline of Walney Island and is an important element of the second round of wind development in United Kingdom.
Walney 1 & 2 consists of 102 Siemens Wind Power 3.6MW turbines and two offshore substations. With a capacity of 370MW, Walney Offshore Windfarm will make a substantial contribution to the British renewable energy production. The wind farm will be constructed during 2010 and 2011 and it is expected that the first year of commercial operation for the Walney 1 will be in 2011 and in autumn 2011 for Walney 2.
"We look forward to working with DONG Energy on this project," says Gabriel Ruhan, Member of the Board of Seabed Power. "Once it is operational, the Walney Offshore Windfarm will generate substantial quantities of CO2 neutral energy, and Seabed Power is pleased to play a part in the development of a new generation of clean energy."
Seabed Power installs and maintains subsea power cables from landfall to offshore structures, such as wind farms. The company has been involved in the installation of power cables for several British Round 1 and 2 wind farm projects, as well as projects in the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Norway.
Seabed Power has an excellent track record for this type of specialised work. Flemming Johansen, Project Manager for grid connection in DONG Energy says: "The proper installation of both the infield and export cables in a wind farm is of critical importance, and we are confident with the experience and expertise which Seabed Power brings to the project."
Transportation and installation activities undertaken by Seabed Power will commence in April 2010 for Walney 1 and in April 2011 for Walney 2.