Offshore cables - The missing link?

Offshore wind must get to grips with cabling if it is to play its full role in the future of energy. As large projects enter the pipeline, the reality of getting vast amounts of energy to land puts cables centre stage. This brief report focuses on the constraints derived from a sudden surge in demand and how inadequate attention to cabling can lead to significant delays or additional costs for projects.

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Inexperience makes cabling offshore's Achilles' heel

Cable installation has gained the unwelcome reputation of offshore wind power’s weak point, with flawed design and a lack of relevant experience holding back the sector. We ask industry insiders for their views on how the problems can be addressed in the run-up to 2020.

Rapid growth places strain on cable supply

With offshore wind poised for huge growth and sites increasingly located further from shore, the availability of cables and the capacity to lay them are becoming major concerns. Also, manufacturers are understandably reluctant to ramp up production until projects win consent.

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