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October 01, 2010

EMEC Subsea Cable Soon to See the Deep Sea

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Draka Offshore officials have announced the 11,000 meters of 20kV subsea cable for the European Marine Energy Center has been delivered on time.

Draka’s subsea power cables are produced from their newly expanded production facility in Drammen, Norway. The 11,000 meters of power cable weighing more than 300 metric tons was directly loaded from the factory to the C.S. Sovereign vessel owned by Global Marine Services.

“Because our factory is adjacent to a deepwater port, load out and logistics for these large projects is much simpler and efficient,” explained Martin Dale, subsea product manager for Draka, in a press release. “The cable was taken directly from the factory and installed in the field,” Draka added.

Stuart Baird, EMEC operations director, said, wave and tidal energy is “a source of renewable energy and a challenging environment for equipment and systems. We need vendors like Draka who can deliver quality products and services that can stand up to the elements over time.”

Earlier this month TMC (News - Alert) hadthenews that Draka Offshore was selected by PNE WIND AG as the technical development partner responsible for designing the subsea inter-array power system for the Gode Wind II offshore wind farm project.

"Draka has more than 30 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing subsea power cables," said Dale at the time. "Being selected as the design partner for the inter-array subsea power system by PNE WIND AG validates the value that Draka delivers beyond product manufacturing," Dale continued

Under terms of the agreement, Draka will provide electrical engineering design of a complete power grid including subsea power cables, electrical accessories, installation and testing protocols for the Gode Wind II offshore wind farm.

EMEC provides test facilities for a wide range of technologies that can tap into the potential of wave and tidal renewable energy, company officials say, noting that “wave power alone has an estimated global potential of approximately 1,000-10,000 GW — in the same order of magnitude as the world’s electricity consumption.”

Located in the Orkney Islands of Northern Scotland, the wave and tidal sites are designed to test a range of machines located down to a depth of 50 meters and up to two kilometers from shore.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard