Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has signed a contract with Norway's Draka Norsk Kabel AS (DNK) for termination and testing services for their major inter-array cabling procurement contract on Walney 2 Offshore Wind Farm.
Walney 2 is the second phase of DONG Energy and SSE's joint venture two-phase project, which is located approximately 15km west of Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, UK.
DNK part of Draka Offshore with its subsea manufacturing based in Drammen, Norway was awarded the inter-array cabling contract in May following the completion of the company's expansion to its state of the art subsea production facility. The contract requires the delivery of 57 kilometres of 36kV subsea power cable for use in the Walney 2 project and involves managing all logistics associated with delivering the cable to the site, as well as the provision and installation of a range of accessories and the commissioning of the circuits.
OMM has been brought in to carry out the termination and testing of the three-core submarine cables and accessories for the inter-array cables. The contract was signed in September and the work will be carried out in 2011.
OMM Managing Director, Rob Grimmond, says the Draka contract is an exciting opportunity to bring the company's offshore skills to a well-known cable manufacturer with a strong market presence.
"Our experience is drawn from our involvement in other offshore renewable projects spanning from Korean in Asia to Germany and the UK in Europe," he said.
"We are strengthening our position as a leading provider of offshore solutions with our diverse range of services in all areas of the offshore wind farm industry, from initial design through to operation and management strategy and implementation."
Both phases – Walney 1 and 2 – comprise 51 Siemens 3.6MW turbines, giving a total capacity of 367.2MW in a total area of the development of some 73km².