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DeepOcean wins cable installation contract for Belgian offshore wind farm

CTBR Staff Writer Published 20 July 2015

DeepOcean 1 UK has secured a contract to install inter array cables at the 165MW Bligh Bank Phase II offshore wind farm in Belgium.

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The project, which is being developed by Nobelwind, is located in the North Sea, 45km off the coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium.

It will feature 50 3.3MW turbines that are planned to be connected in strings with 33kV inter-array cables.

The electricity will be supplied ashore via an existing sea cable shared with the nearby North Wind facility.

Power will be fed into the Belwind 2 substation and then to the existing infrastructure at Belwind I.

The contract requires DeepOcean to undertake pre-lay surveys, pre-lay grapnel runs, install and trench 50 array cables, design and deliver cable protection systems.

The company will also be responsible for installation and trenching of a coupling cable between the Nobelwind and Belwind I offshore high voltage substation, pull-in and trenching of the pre-installed export cable and all related design and engineering works.

The contract also includes an option for cable termination and testing works, support and management.

Designing and engineering works already under way and DeepOcean expects to start offshore activity in the third quarter of 2016.

DeepOcean will use its own fleet of vessels, including Deep Helder and Volantis, to carry out the cable laying and trenching works.

Image: DeepOcean's new chartered cable lay vessel is currently being built by Damen Yard. Photo: courtesy of DeepOcean.