|Draka subsea cables will deliver power from the Baltic 2 Wind Farm for up to 340,000 homes.|
With eighty 3.6 megawatt wind turbines, the Baltic 2 Wind Farm will be capable of providing 288 megawatts of clean, renewable energy to more than 340,000 German homes. But since Baltic 2 covers an area of 27 square kilometers and sits in the Western Baltic Sea 32 kilometers north of Rugen Island, getting that energy to those homes will be no small feat. Doing so is the job of Visser & Smit Marine Contracting which is teaming up with Draka Offshore to provide an array of subsea cables.
Draka is up to the task.
Draka Offshore, part of the Industry and Specialty Group of Draka Holding N.V., is a full service engineering firm that delivers complete cabling solutions to the offshore renewable energy grid, oil and gas and marine markets. In the past six months, the company has won cabling contracts for two major offshore wind farms, a design contract for a third field, and has recently supplied subsea power cables for tidal and wave energy projects in Scotland.
Martin Dale, commercial director for subsea for Draka Offshore, commented, “We have been delivering subsea power cables to the oil and gas and utility sectors for more than 30 years and the addition of these new projects demonstrates the trust our customers place in our performance and our ability to deliver the same consistent quality for the offshore renewable energy market.”
To connect Baltic 2 to its customers, Draka will provide 95 kilometers of 36kV subsea power cables along with specially designed installation accessories. The package, valued at approximately 23 million Euros, will give Visser & Smit an efficient installation system, critical for the success of the project.
Marcel Schoots of Visser & Smit recognizes the value of Draka’s contribution. “Draka’s assistance with designing and engineering the installation package for us was instrumental. On-time delivery combined with this accessory package should help enable very efficient installation in the field.”
The first maritime civil work is scheduled to begin in early 2012, with the completed wind farm coming online in 2013. Dale says, “The Baltic 2 project represents a continuation of our rapidly expanding business in the offshore renewable energy industry.”
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