JDR Cable Systems Ltd, a leading provider of custom designed and manufactured subsea power cables, umbilical systems and specialised marine cables, has been awarded a contract by the South West RDA (Regional Development Agency) for the supply of subsea power cables for the UK's ground-breaking Wave Hub project.
Wave Hub is a major marine renewables infrastructure project that will create an electrical 'socket' on the seabed in some 50 metres of water around 10 miles off the coast of Cornwall in South West England and connected to the National Grid via a subsea cable. Wave Hub will have an initial maximum capacity of 20MW (enough electricity to power approximately 7,000 homes) but has been designed with the potential to scale up to 50MW in the future.
The scope awarded to JDR includes 25km of 33kV three-phase power cables which will provide the essential link between the Wave Hub and the onshore control room. The Wave Energy Convertors are connected back to the Wave Hub by four additional 300m three-phase power cables and dry mate connector sets. All cables include fibre optics and will be subject to rigorous integration testing. JDR will also supply the 'Wave Hub' assembly consisting of subsea terminations and a complete subsea protection structure. The package of equipment will be delivered in the second quarter of 2010 from JDR's new deepwater quayside facility at Hartlepool Dock. The first wave energy devices are expected to be deployed in 2011.
"The Wave Hub project draws on JDR's wealth of experience in the design and manufacture of subsea cable and umbilical systems to produce a solution that will meet the demanding requirements of this innovative application," stated Patrick Phelan, Managing Director of JDR Cable Systems Ltd, "Our new quayside facility at Hartlepool dock is ideally sized for the manufacture and load-out of this 1500 tonne cable system, and we look forward to supporting the installation process with our team of qualified offshore service technicians"
The new purpose-built 100,000 sq ft facility is the only site in the UK designed specifically to manufacture subsea power cables for the growing offshore renewable energy market and the increasingly complex oil and gas sector.