HARTLEPOOL, UK – JDR Cables, part of the TFKable Group, has signed a contract with DEME Offshore for the SeaMade offshore wind farm after a competitive tender.
JDR will design, manufacture, and deliver 78.1 km (48.5 mi) of aluminium core inter-array cables and a range of cable accessories, including repair joints and connectors.
The inter-array cables connecting the 58 Siemens 8.4-MW turbines, will carry electricity to an offshore substation for transmission to the offshore grid. The offshore wind power generated is transmitted by a 33-kV cable system with hang-offs and connector terminations for 128 cable ends.
The cable will be assembled in JDR’s Hartlepool facility, with delivery expected by the end of 2019.
The SeaMade offshore wind farm is about 50 km (31 mi) off the coast from Ostend and will integrate two wind sites known as Mermaid and Seastar. The 487-MW project is said to be the largest wind farm being funded and built in Belgium.
When fully operational, the wind farm is expected to supply renewable energy to 485,000 houses in Belgium and offset 700,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year.
The project, operated by SeaMade, which is a consortium of Otary RS (70% stake), Electrabel (17.5%), and Eneco Wind Belgium (12.5%), is expected to be operational by 2020.