Seabed Power, a leading provider of subsea power cable installation and maintenance services, announced today the award of a contract by Ormonde Energy Limited, a subsidiary of Vattenfall AB for the transportation, installation and testing of 132kV export and 33kV array submarine cables for Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm.
The Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm will consist of 30 5MW wind turbines. The project is located in the eastern Irish Sea off the northwest coast of England, approximately 10 kilometers from Barrow-in-Furness.
"Ormonde represents the largest UK deployment of 5MW turbines to date, a real milestone in the advancement of offshore wind, and we are pleased to be part of the project," said Gabriel Ruhan, a Seabed Power Board Member. "We believe our selection by Ormonde Energy Limited and Vattenfall to lay both the export and array cables cable for this project is a true recognition of the high degree of expertise demonstrated by Seabed Power."
Seabed Power installs and maintains subsea power cables from landfall to offshore structures, such as windfarms, and from landfall to landfall. The company has been involved in the installation of power cables for several UK Round 1 and 2 windfarm projects as well as projects in the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Norway.
"Cable installation on a wind farm project is highly specialised work and is of critical importance to a project’s success," said, Stephen Stuart-Matthews for Ormonde Energy Limited. "The Ormonde project team have selected Seabed Power for the cable installation work due to their demonstrable experience with other major offshore wind projects."
Transportation, installation and testing activities will be undertaken by Seabed Power starting in June 2010.