The windfarm market is benefitting from the use of ploughing technology for cable installation in a bid to reduce installation times, a subsea construction company has announced.
Subsea engineering company Subocean Group said it has become the first company to deploy a DP2 subsea support vessel with ploughing technology for cable installation.
Using the Polar Prince cable installation vessel, Subocean has erected four power cables 1 metre under the seabed in 30m of water on the world’s first 100 Wind Turbine Generator (WTB) project – Vattenfall’s Thanet Offshore Windfarm, in the UK.
The cables erected are the first of 100 inter Array cables to be installed and have been erected within 24 hours which, representing a rapid decrease in operational activity and exposure to adverse weather, the company said.
Earlier this year, the company signed a £30m contract for this project.
The Thanet wind farm development will offer up to 300MW of electrical generation, which can power 240,000 houses, and meet a major portion of east Kent’s energy needs.