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General: New Cabling Plans For London Array

Posted on 11.01.2012 - 08:10 EST in GENERAL NEWS by ginamc

Cable installation at London Array has been rescheduled following bad weather and engineering challenges arising from operating in the wind farm’s shallow waters.

A review by London Array and cabling contractors Global Marine and Visser & Smit Marine Contracting Ltd (VSMC) will see fresh resources deployed to ensure the inter-array cables are installed on time.

VSMC’s Stemat 82, which has recently completed work for DONG Energy at Walney, will start installing array cables for London Array this month, supported by Global Marine’s cable storage barge Explorer, one of the largest of its type in the world, and VSMC’s Stemat 87.

Global Marine’s Jan Steen, Atlantis and Sovereign have been taken off charter, to be replaced in early spring, when the weather can be expected to improve, by vessels appropriate to the shallow depths at the project site.

London Array Project Director Richard Rigg said: “With any engineering project the size and complexity of London Array, there are always going to be challenges that need to be overcome.”

“Installation of array cables has progressed more slowly than planned but with the help of VSMC and Global Marine we have been able to repackage the work to minimise the amount of time spent on standby during the worst of the winter months and ensure that it is completed on schedule in the most efficient manner.”

Export cable installation is unaffected by these changes.

For further press information, please contact:
Philip Jones, Maxim on 01892 513033, 07990 574690,
Francesca Palmiero, Fleishman-Hillard on 020 7395 7110 (for Global Marine)
Trudie de Vries, VSMC on +31 184 606 191,

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