UK-based supplier JDR has secured a contract from offshore installation firm VBMS to deliver 66kV inter-array and export cables for Swedish power company Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).
Located in Aberdeen Bay, the 11-turbine EOWDC has a total power generation capacity of 92.4MW and is the largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility in Scotland.
JDR's chief technology officer (CTO) James Young said: “Our pioneering inter-array cable designs are contributing to cost reduction targets for European offshore wind.
“As the industry demands greater power requirements, 66kV technology will enable our customers to transmit more power than ever before.”
As part of the contract, JDR will not only deliver more than 20km of inter-array and export cables, which would include the first installation of its 66kV technology, but also supply all associated accessories.
The Aberdeen windfarm will function as a centre for developing advanced offshore technologies to enhance the industry’s drive towards generating clean energy.
Vattenfall's EOWDC project director Adam Ezzamel said: “The scheme will also feature the world’s most powerful turbines, which are being supplied by MHI Vestas and through being paired with game-changing suction bucket foundations, represent a pioneering industry approach.
“We look forward to building on the EOWDC’s track record of testing the next-generation of innovative technologies designed to make offshore wind even more affordable.”
The project is expected to be in operation in 2018 and the scheme will operate for 20 years.
Early this year, JDR’s 66kV cable and accessories were fully qualified and type tested.
Image: JDR to supply 66kV inter-array and export cables for Vattenfall’s EOWDC. Photo: courtesy of JDR.