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13 Jan 2011 10:01:20

Draka secures Gwynt y Môr contract

Cable solutions specialist Draka is to supply subsea array cabling for the 576MW Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm off the North Wales coast. The company has been awarded the inter-array cabling contract by RWE npower renewables. The total value of the contract is more than €25 million.

The project is a shared investment between partners RWE Innogy, Stadtwerke München and Siemens. Gwynt y Môr Offshore wind farm is being constructed 13 km off the North Wales coast, in water depths of 12-28 metres.

Construction of the €2 billion Gwynt y Môr project began in November 2009 when work to prepare land at St Asaph for the construction of a new 132/400kV substation was carried out by North Wales civil engineering company Jones Bros. Turbine foundation installation is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2011, and is expected to last for approximately two years.

In November last year, Draka was awarded the array cabling contract for the Baltic 2 offshore wind farm by Visser & Smit Marine Contracting. The Baltic 2 contract, valued at approximately €23 million requires Draka to deliver approximately 95 kilometers of 36kV subsea power cable for use in the project. The first delivery on the contract will take place in the second quarter of 2012 and final delivery will take place in the first quarter of 2013.

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