DeepOcean nets Belgian offshore contract

DeepOcean’s new chartered cable lay vessel will carry out the array cables installation work DeepOcean’s new chartered cable lay vessel will carry out the array cables installation work
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DeepOcean 1 UK Ltd, a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding BV, has won an inter array cable installation contract for the Blight Bank Phase II offshore windfarm in Belgium.

The Bligh Bank Phase II offshore windfarm is being developed by Nobelwind NV with 50 3.3MW wind turbines offshore Belgium that will have an estimated generating power of 165MW. The individual WTGs are to be connected in strings with 33kV inter-array cables, linking back to the Nobelwind Offshore High Voltage Substation (OHVS). An export cable will connect the Nobelwind OHVS to the existing 220kV Northwind OHVS.

“This award of array cables installation for Nobelwind is the first commitment for DeepOcean’s new chartered cable lay vessel currently being constructed by Damen Yard for delivery early 2016. Yet again DeepOcean’s experienced personnel prove our ability to find competitive solutions to be executed by our suite of subsea vessels and assets,” said Ottar Maeland, executive vice president, Greater North Sea, DeepOcean.

Under the contract, DeepOcean will carry out pre-lay surveys, pre-lay grapnel runs, installation and trenching of 50 array cables, design and supply of the cable protection systems, installation and trenching of a coupling cable between the Nobelwind and Belwind I OHVS, pull-in and trenching of the pre-installed Nobelwind export cable and all associated design and engineering activities.

All assigned key vessels and assets are part of DeepOcean’s fleet. The DP2 Support Vessel Deep Helder will support cable lay operations executing crossing preparations, surveys, foundation preparation for the cable pull-ins. The trenching support vessel Volantis, home of the world’s most powerful free-flying jet trencher UT-1, is nominated for all trenching operations.

Cable termination and testing works, support and management is an option under the current agreement. Design and Engineering works have already begun, while the offshore execution will start in Q3 2016 and run into Q4 2016. The optional termination and testing scope could run into Q2 2017.

By Rachael Doyle

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