JDR, a supplier of subsea power cables and umbilicals to the global offshore energy industry, has been awarded a contract by VBMS (UK) to supply intra-array cables for ScottishPower Renewables’ East Anglia One (EA1) offshore wind farm.
The contract – the industry’s first commercial 66kV array cable project to date – will see JDR design and manufacture 155km of array cables including end terminations, the company said.
The innovative 66kV high voltage technology will enable increased power transmission back to shore from large, high powered offshore turbines over 33kV cables.
JDR will also provide a unique cable management system at each offshore wind turbine generator which allows for a 66kV topside connection to the switchgear cables.
VBMS’ director Commerce, Jack Wattel said the company is looking forward to cooperating with JDR on the production and installation of 102 66kV intra-array cables and delivering this prestigious project in a safe and efficient way to ScottishPower Renewables.
With an overall capacity of up to 714MW, EA1 is the first of four projects in the East Anglia Zone. The offshore wind farm will consist of up to 102 wind turbines and will be located 43km off the Suffolk Coast in the southern North Sea. The wind farm is expected to power 500,000 homes when fully operational in 2020.
JDR will manufacture the cables at its Hartlepool, UK, facility with delivery scheduled for Q1 2019. JDR was also awarded a non-commercial 66kV contract for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) demonstrator project in December 2016.