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Global Marine signs Kentish Flats offshore wind farm contract
Date: Monday, November 22, 2004 @ 01:45:59 EST
Topic: CONTRACT AWARDS


Global Marine Systems Limited (Global Marine) will be helping to generate energy for thousands of UK homes by installing the subsea power cables in the Thames Estuary, nearly 10km off the Kent coast, for the Kentish Flats offshore wind farm project. The 30 V90-3.0 MW turbines, with a capacity of 90MW, will provide clean electricity into the national grid when the project is completed during the summer of 2005. This latest windfarm moves the UK closer to meeting the Governments target of 15% of all electricity to be generated from renewable sources by 2015. The windfarm has a design life of 20 years and it is projected that each year it will reduce national carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 223,000 tonnes.

Global Marine has entered into a contract with NEG Micon UK Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Danish turbine manufacturer, Vestas Wind Systems A/S for the installation of nearly 50km of subsea cables for the Kentish Flats windfarm. The contract was signed on Monday 15th November, just one working day after the company officially emerged from an administration adjustment.

Mike Prowse, Business Manager for Renewable Energy, commented, “We are absolutely delighted to have entered into this agreement with NEG Micon UK Ltd., and are looking forward to extending our track record in this sector. We would like to thank Vestas for their support while the company has been re-organised and restructured, and we are looking forward to delivering a strong performance on this project.”

Global Marine’s scope of work covers the installation and burial of the inter turbine cables and the three (3) shore connection cables landing at Herne Bay in Kent. The cables will be buried to a target depth of 1.5metres into the seabed to provide protection against possible damage. Preparation work for the contract will commence next month with the bulk of the installation work taking place in the first quarter of 2005.

Global Marine has been involved in the installation of offshore cables for the telecommunications and power sectors for more than 150 years and has previously worked on offshore wind farms at Blyth in 2000 and at Horns Rev, the worlds largest offshore wind farm, during 2002.

19 November 2004

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