Global Offshore has secured a five-year export cable repair framework contract with Balfour Beatty Investments and Equitix (BBE), covering the three offshore transmission owner (OFTO) networks they own: Humber Gateway, Gwynt Y Môr and Thanet
The ‘Complete Cable Care’ solution the company will provide is designed to respond quickly to power cable damage and bring new standards of readiness and responsiveness to the industry.
The service is supported by Global Marine Group’s fleet of cable ships and crew transfer vessels, a stock of universal power joints and cable, with access to qualified jointers, able to respond to a fault or incident on any of the OFTOs covered by the agreement.
With a total of 152 km of export cable covered, the framework agreement, which began in February, sees BBE join Transmission Capital Partners, Ørsted, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks and Vattenfall all with export or array cable being safeguarded under similar agreements with Global Offshore.
Global Offshore director of power cable maintenance Andrew Lloyd said, “Export cable faults have serious implications on the amount of energy that can be harnessed and utilised from an offshore windfarm, so proactive intervention before they happen as well as quick action when they do occur make all the difference to minimising any loss in revenue.
“As an active player in the sector since the very first European windfarm installation 20 years ago, and to date managing multiple frame agreements covering over 2,000 km of power cable, we’re able to utilise pre-engineered scenario plans alongside access to the right cable spares, joints, jointers and assets, all part of our cable care solution, to reduce the average export cable repair time considerably.”