Drammen, Norway, September 28, 2010 — Draka Offshore announced that the 11,000 meters of 20kV subsea cable for the European Marine Energy Centre has been delivered on time.
Draka’s subsea power cables are now being produced from their newly expanded production facility in Drammen, Norway.
Produced at Draka’s manufacturing facility in Drammen, Norway, the 11,000 meters of power cable weighing more than 300 metric tons was directly loaded from the factory to the C.S. Sovereign vessel owned by Global Marine Services.
“Because our factory is adjacent to a deepwater port, load out and logistics for these large projects is much simpler and efficient,” explained Martin Dale, subsea product manager for Draka. “The cable was taken directly from the factory and installed in the field.”
EMEC provides test facilities for a wide range of technologies that can tap into the huge potential of wave and tidal renewable energy. Wave power alone has an estimated global potential of about 1,000-10,000 GW — in the same order of magnitude as the world’s electricity consumption.
Located in the Orkney Islands of Northern Scotland, the wave and tidal sites are designed to test a range of machines located down to a depth of 50 meters and up to two kilometers from shore.
“Wave and tidal energy is a very powerful source of renewable energy and a very challenging environment for equipment and systems,” stated Stuart Baird, EMEC Operations Director. “We need vendors like Draka who can deliver quality products and services that can stand up to the elements over time.”
The Draka subsea power cables enabled EMEC to extend their test sites to create three new grid-connected berths, two at the tidal test site and another at the wave test site.