JDR to supply inter-array cable and accessories for Dudgeon offshore wind farm in UK

2 September 2014 (Last Updated September 2nd, 2014 18:30)

JDR, a provider of technology for the global offshore energy industry, has secured a new contract with VolkerWessels Boskalis Marine Solutions (VBMS) for the Statoil/Statkraft Dudgeon offshore wind farm, which is off the UK coast in North Norfolk.

JDR, a provider of technology for the global offshore energy industry, has secured a new contract with VolkerWessels Boskalis Marine Solutions (VBMS) for the Statoil/Statkraft Dudgeon offshore wind farm, which is off the UK coast in North Norfolk.

The wind farm, which is located 32km off the UK coast, will use more than 95km of copper core inter-array cable and an array of cable accessories supplied by JDR.

These inter-array cables will collect and transmit the generated power, and then export it to the mainland UK.

JDR's UK sites in Cambridgeshire and Hartlepool will look into the designing and manufacturing aspects of the inter-array cable and cable accessories.

The farm, with 67 wind turbines of 6MW each, will generate electricity for more than 410,000 household annually.

The project will use two inter-array cables designed by JDR; a 185mm² copper conductor cable, and a 500mm² copper conductor cable.

These cables will be XLPE insulated and type-tested to meet IEC 60502-2 and CIGRE standards.

"JDR's UK sites in Cambridgeshire and Hartlepool will look into the designing and manufacturing aspects of the inter-array cable."

JDR will also deliver accessories such as hang-offs, connectors, pulling grips, cable cleats, fibre optic patch panels, subsea repair joints and three-month abandonment kits.

JDR chief executive officer Andrew Norman said: "The UK has led the global market for offshore wind developments.

"JDR has been involved right from the start with our work on the London Array and Greater Gabbard projects. We are now delighted to have been selected as inter-array cable partner for Dudgeon."

UK Government Business Minister Matthew Hancock said: "I am delighted this contract has been awarded to JDR Cables, one of the UK's premier offshore wind suppliers, demonstrating their success in a very competitive market.

"As part of our long-term economic plan we are working with the offshore wind industry to bolster a thriving manufacturing industry here in the UK, ensuring more energy jobs comes to our shores."

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