Leading offshore wind developer and operator Ørsted has signed an agreement with Global Marine Group for cable repair services.
Under the framework, Global Marine Group will carry out inter array cable replacement and repairs on Ørsted’s UK offshore windfarms.
The framework becomes a part of the Atlantic Cable Maintenance Agreement (ACMA), a non-profit cooperative cable maintenance agreement allowing shared use of vessels to enable cost-effective and rapid cable replacement and repair for all members. To date, these have largely been in the telecoms and oil and gas sectors.
Under ACMA, which will be delivered by GMG alongside zone partner Orange Marine, Ørsted has access to the vessel CS Sovereign and, should Sovereign be unavailable, the agreement extends Ørsted’s access to other assets in the group’s fleet including Global Symphony, ASV Pioneer and crew transfer vessels for ancillary services.
Ørsted will be the first renewable energy member of ACMA, bringing in almost 900 km of subsea array cables from Ørsted’s UK offshore windfarm portfolio.
Ørsted UK country manager offshore Benj Sykes said, “As we construct more and more offshore windfarms, we must work with other seabed users, such as the telecoms industry, to find solutions that work for all.
“Many of our windfarms operate in close proximity to telecoms cables already installed on the seabed, so we are delighted to sign this framework agreement with GMG, which has experience of working with both fibre optic and power cables.
“By joining ACMA we will also benefit from the depth of their collective resources, bringing cost-effective and rapid repairs for our UK cables, and ultimately helping to bring down the cost of offshore wind.”
Ian Douglas, chief executive at Global Marine Group said, “This is a pioneering commercial and technical approach to power cable maintenance and repair. We believe will set the blueprint for the future of combined cable and subsea asset agreements in a way that brings about benefits for everyone, in multiple industries.
“With Ørsted joining ACMA, this contract brings a step change in the collaboration of cable owners across multiple sectors, and enhanced services to all seabed users, enabling a deeper understanding of the way telecoms and offshore wind industries use the seabed.”