Offshore Marine Services, the German arm of UK-based Offshore Marine Management, has successfully completed its first cable storage task for the consortium Siemens Energy and Prysmian Powerlink, the companies responsible for the BorWin 2 and HelWin 1 export cable systems including Offshore Sub Stations.
Making use of OMS's dedicated cable storage facility at Nordenham, the company has safely stored 15 drums of cable for the consortium. The cable, along with joint kits, piece parts and hang-off kits that are also being stored at Nordenham, will be taken out of storage in 2012 when the two planned projects commence installation.
John Grimmond, Business Development Manager at OMS said: "It's makes practical as well as economic sense to plan well ahead in the development of cable installation projects, especially those the size of the export cable projects at BorWin 2 and HelWin 1 - although this is by no means standard practice in the domestic market right now.
"Our facility in Nordenham opened earlier this year and offers Siemens Energy and Prysmian Powerlink a convenient location where wind park components and connector cables can be stored safely and securely, ahead of their deployment as the projects are developed."
Stephen Bolton, Director of Operations and Maintenance added: ""What makes the facility special beyond the convenient location is the unique relationship we have developed with the Rhenus Group who provide a complimentary set of skills and competences from the physical cable handling requirements through vessel logistics to the required security arrangements."
OMS's Nordenham plant opened in March 2011, as part of a phased agreement with European logistics specialists, Rhenus Group. The facility which is actively being developed in close cooperation with key potential users, currently offers renewables operators an immediate capability to store cables on reels and in the future will include a carousel and several cable cages.