Draka announces that it has been awarded the array cabling contract for the Baltic 2 offshore wind farm from Visser & Smit Marine Contracting. The Baltic 2 contract, valued at approximately € 23 million requires Draka to deliver approximately 95 kilometers of 36kV subsea power cable for use in the project. The first delivery on the contract will take place in the second quarter of 2012 and final delivery will take place in the first quarter of 2013.
"The Baltic 2 project represents a continuation of our rapidly expanding business in the offshore renewable energy industry," said Martin Dale, commercial director for subsea for Draka Offshore. In the past six months, Draka has won contracts for two major offshore wind farms, won a design contract for a third field and has recently supplied subsea power cables for tidal and wave energy in Scotland.
"We have been delivering subsea power cables to the oil and gas and utility sectors for more than 30 years and the addition of these new projects demonstrates the trust our customers place in our performance and our ability to deliver the same consistent quality for the offshore renewable energy market," added Dale.
Efficient system leads to installation savings
As part of the contract, Draka is to provide installation accessories. Specially designed by Draka, the subsea cables and accessories package will provide Visser & Smit with a very efficient installation system. "Draka's assistance with designing and engineering the installation package for us was instrumental,” said Marcel Schoots from Visser & Smit. "On-time delivery combined with this accessory package should help enable very efficient installation in the field.”
Delivering energy to 340,000 homes
Located in the Western Baltic Sea, approximately 32 kilometers north of Rugen Island, Baltic 2 will cover an area of approximately 27 square kilometers. With its 80 wind turbines, each rated at 3.6MW, Baltic 2 will have a total capacity of 288MW and is the second commercial offshore field being built in Germany. Managed by EnBW utility, when fully operational, it is projected that the field will generate enough clean, renewable energy for more than 340,000 homes. In addition, it will help eliminate more than 900,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. First maritime civil works are scheduled to commence in early 2012, with the wind farm to come on line in 2013.