Multi-million pound offshore wind cable contract laid in UK for Hornsea

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 3 Aug 2018

Offshore wind farm developer Orsted has signed a major multi-million pound contract with a British firm to supply the inter-array cables for the world's biggest wind farm.

Hornsea Project Two, to be built and operated out of Grimsby, will take the connecting lines - buried beneath the seabed and linking the turbines to the substation - from Prysmian Group.

As a result of this massive order, the Wrexham firm is upgrading its North Wales facility to become the first UK location to manufacture submarine array cable cores.

It represents a further strengthening of the UK supply chain for the world-leading offshore wind market, with demand for 300km of the inter array cable, and 900km of the cable core. 

Duncan Clark, programme director for Hornsea Projects One and Two at Ørsted, said: "We are delighted to be working with Prysmian Group who have years of experience and a strong track record of innovating, including the development of high voltage submarine cable solutions. This inward investment is a clear signal of confidence in the continued growth of offshore wind in the UK.

“In order to maintain the UK’s leading position in offshore wind, further development of a robust, competitive supply chain is needed to not only provide for UK projects, but also to take advantage of exporting abroad as the industry continues to grow globally. Working with Prysmian to secure locally manufactured cable cores is just one of the ways we are engaging with suppliers to ensure our wind projects have the highest viable proportion of UK content.”

Prysmian Group is a world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, and has four factories in England and Wales. They will be responsible for the design, manufacture, supply, termination and testing of inter-array submarine cables connecting 110 wind turbines and the offshore substation platform.

Alessandro Panico, sales team manager for offshore wind at Prysmian Group, said: "We are proud to support Ørsted in providing the UK market with the highest quality, locally manufactured cables for the next generation of UK offshore wind farms. Alongside this we have launched an important investment plan to increase our submarine cables production capacity in order to meet the growing demand from the sector.

“This key investment in our Wrexham facility is a sign of the growth of the UK offshore wind supply chain, and our strategic ambitions in the renewables industry. This order represents around two years of production for this facility, and will benefit other companies that want to deliver competitive local content in their UK projects.”

MORE: Orsted's Duncan Clark outlines Hornsea One, Two and Three at major exhibition

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