One of the world’s leading manufacturers of cables for offshore windfarms is setting up shop in the US.
UK-based JDR Cables has signed a memorandum of understanding with McAllister Towing in the US for developing and operating an east coast subsea power cable service base with an integrated cable training centre.
The new facility is to be developed on a McAllister waterfront property in the northeastern US.
The site has been selected due to its proximity to the offshore wind leases and what the companies describe as “the enormous potential of the region.”
Initially, the base will serve as a staging area for subsea power cables to enable local storage, maintenance and deployment to offshore windfarms. Longer term plans include establishing office, storage, workshop and training facilities to develop high voltage electrical and fibre optic competencies for the local workforce.
As the US offshore wind industry matures, the service base will become JDR's offshore wind life of field service centre. Among the services to be provided will be asset management services, capital spare cable storage, preservation and maintenance.
JDR director Americas David Nemetz said “Our partnership with McAllister is one of several critical steps JDR Cables is taking toward establishing a presence in the US offshore wind market.
“McAllister is the perfect partner for JDR. Their vessel and tug experiences will complement our strategy for development of services during the installation, commissioning, operation and decommissioning phases of this new industry.
McAllister Towing president Buckley McAllister said the company is excited to work with JDR. “Offshore wind is a new industry for New England. JDR Cables’ expertise in manufacturing and service will be in high demand as the offshore wind industry gets started in our region.”