The installation of the strings of cables connecting the wind turbines to the offshore substations at the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm is now complete.
Team Oman leaves the Sheringham Shoal site after the installation of all 56 kilometres of cables.
A total of 56 kilometres of cables - known as infield cables - have been installed by contractor Visser & Smit using the 86m vessel Team Oman, which has been working on and off at the wind farm site in the Greater Wash for 18 months. The vessel is now en route to Sunderland for demobilisation before moving on to her next job.
The wind farm, operated by Scira Offshore Energy, has 36 of its 88 turbines in place and is scheduled for completion in late summer 2012.
Project Director Rune Rønvik said every milestone is a culmination of much planning, coordination and effort and the teams involved in the cable construction and installation are rightly pleased to have completed this important stage in the wind farm's progress.
"Working on 24-hour rotations, around 50 personnel have been involved in the cable installation which is a significant effort and one to be congratulated," he added.
Although all the infield cables have been laid, Visser & Smit has one final task, which is to trench the cable into the seabed to ensure it is protected from fishing gear, vessel anchors and other potential hazards.
The 87m Toisa Warrior will continue to carry out the cable burial work, with completion expected to be by this summer.
The wind farm project is owned equally by Statoil and Statkraft through joint venture company Scira Offshore Energy Limited. Statoil is the project manager during construction, while Scira will be responsible for the long-term operations and maintenance
For further information: Liz Hancock, Communications Manager, Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm on mobile: +44 7557 264326 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Issue Date: 21-03-2012