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Global Marine wins contract to install subsea electricity cable in Orkney

CTBR Staff Writer Published 13 April 2018

Global Marine Group has bagged a contract from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to install and commission a subsea electricity cable in the Orkney Isles in Scotland.

The cable of 10.8km length is planned to be installed between Rousay and Westray under an ongoing electricity distribution subsea cable replacement program taken up by SSEN.

According to CWind, which is part of the Global Marine Group, the new cable will replace an existing cable, which has been in service for about 35 years. The existing electricity cable is closing in towards the end of its operational life.

SSEN subsea cable projects head John Buchan said: “Appointing Global Marine Group marks an important milestone for the delivery of the Rousay Westray project.

“With our contractor now on board, plans are being finalised ready to start work onsite in Spring 2018. This is the first time SSEN has worked with this contractor and we are delighted to have them on board.”

Scheduled to commence this Spring, the Rousay-Westray works will see commissioning of the new cable by Summer 2018.

Global Marine Group’s Mike Daniel said: “We’re very proud to have secured our first cable replacement contract with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and we are looking forward to working with the SSEN team to deliver this vital project.

“Global Marine Group brings together a vast set of experience in this field, the CWind & Global Offshore team will execute this project and I have every confidence that we deliver this successfully.”

The replacement of Rousay-Westray submarine cable is among several projects that have been initiated across the Scottish islands to maintain the power distribution infrastructure. These projects are expected to ensure uninterrupted security of supply for the island communities in Scotland.

Scotland plans to replace about 90km of submarine cables until 2023, which is 20% of the number of such cables in operation.