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CWind to install fibre optic cable at 400MW Rampion offshore wind farm

CTBR Staff Writer Published 21 August 2017

CWind, the subsidiary of Global Marine Group (GMG) has secured a contract for installing fibre optic cable at the 400MW Rampion offshore wind farm, being built off the coast of Sussex, UK.

The contract has been awarded by German electric utility company E.ON.

The installation of the fibre optic cable will help in establishing a vital communications link for the wind farm and the work is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

CWind's installation will centre on a 96-fibre armoured cable supplied from Hexatronic. To ensure appropriate cable protection in the hard chalk seabed, it will be installed by the CS Recorder using the proven Hi-Plough.  

The Rampion offshore wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to satisfy the power needs of about 347,000 UK households or about half of the homes in Sussex region.

The wind farm will feature 116 turbines to be supplied by Vestas. Each of the turbines will generate about 3.45MW of electricity.  Located 17km from Sussex coast, the wind farm is spread across in an area of 79km2.

Global Marine Group’s subsidiary CWind managing director Lee Andrews said “It is a pleasure for CWind to continue working with Rampion. We are well placed to support the project, with a comprehensive track record of successful cable installations.

“In a very tight timeframe, the CWind team has engineered a solution for a complex project that accommodates the existing on site infrastructure. We now look forward to successfully conducting the installation and will naturally embrace our ‘right first time’ ethos throughout the project.”

E.ON, along with the UK Green Investment Bank and Enbridge are the owners of the wind farm. 

Image: CWind to install fibre optic cables at Rampion offshore wind farm in the UK. Photo: Courtesy of CWind.