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Kincardine cable supplier selected

UK: Italian energy cable systems company Prysmian Group will connect the Kincardine floating offshore wind farm to the Scottish mainland.

Kincardine's eight turbines are set to rest on WindFloat semi-submersible platforms designed by Principle Power
Kincardine's eight turbines are set to rest on WindFloat semi-submersible platforms designed by Principle Power

Prysmian was contracted by project owner Cobra Wind International to provide two export cables and inter-array cables for the eight-turbine, up-to-48MW site.

Kincardine is set to use eight unspecified 6MW turbines on WindFloat semi-submersible platforms designed by Principle Power.

Plans for the demonstration project, which is located in the North Sea approximately 15km southeast off the coast of Aberdeen in northern Scotland, were approved last March.

Installation of the cables is planned during 2018 and 2019, the company stated.

Each export cable is approximately 17km long and comprises both "dynamic" and "static" sections — in which the cable will and will not stretch under load, respectively.

A roughly 0.5km dynamic cable route section will complete the connection to each floating tower, Prysmian added.

The submarine cables will be produced at Prysmian’s facilities at Vilanova on the northeast Spanish coast, and at the port city of Drammen in southeast Norway.

Alessandro Panico, the group’s sales team manager for offshore wind, said the contract was the company's first for an floating offshore wind project. 

"We recognise the continued growth in this developing segment of the market which is of particular strategic interest for our business," Panico said. 

When completed, Kincardine could be Scotland’s second floating project. Statoil’s 30MW Hywind project started producing power last October.

But it will face competition for second place, after the Scottish government gave its backing to Hexicon’s 12MW Dounreay Trì floating site planned for northeast Scotland in March 2017.

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