Installation of inter-array cables for the first 200MW phase of the Borkum West 2 wind farm has begun, contractor Technip Offshore Wind has confirmed. Due for completion during the second half of the year, the contract is the company's first inter array cable installation job in German waters.
Technip will use its new CBT 1100 trenching system to install and bury 43 cables. The company is working for Trianel, the development consortium behind Borkum West 2, the first phase of which is scheduled for full commissioning this autumn.
The Aberdeen-based contractor is part of French group, Technip, which has long been known for its offshore oil and gas activities. It can now boast involvement in offshore wind developments in Germany, the UK and France.
In the UK, Technip is part of a group of companies developing an offshore turbine test site in Aberdeen Bay, called the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). The project was finally approved by Scottish regulators in March. In France, Technip is part of the consortium that will build the 500MW Saint Brieuc offshore wind farm.