The group has been in offshore wind since it’s conception and was responsible for installing the inter array cables at the UK’s first offshore wind farm Blyth in 2000, at Europe’s first commercial wind farm Horns Rev in 2002 and at the UK’s first commercial wind farm Kentish Flats in 2004. Since then, the company has worked on more than 40 wind farms across Europe.
Whether the need is for an interconnector or links to an offshore energy grid, CWind has a culture that is committed to delivering safe, innovative solutions utilising the company’s outstanding engineering and project management capability, adapting to each project’s specific needs.
Cable installation at an offshore wind farm development is a critically important phase. There were reportedly as much as £213 million in insurance losses from 28 UK offshore wind claims between 2002 and 2015, 68% were directly due to cable faults occurring predominately during the construction phase.
The experience and track record of CWind and its people are a true asset to any project, ensuring that solutions are delivered, overcoming engineering challenges and getting them right first time.
Cable installation vessel, the C.S. Sovereign, part of the Global Marine Group fleet, has an exemplary track record working in wind farms and has installed almost 15% of all inter array cables globally. The latest addition about to join the Group fleet, the Symphony, is a proven asset having worked on many offshore wind farm projects. With approximately 400m² of available space aft of the cable lay spread, the Symphony is able to carry up to ten 20-foot containers of cable protection system and retains the option to carry the Q1400 Trenching System spread along with the cable lay spread.
Using expert crews and in-house engineering capabilities, the Global Marine Group collaboratively has installed 387 inter array cables and 421 cable pull-ins across more than 40 European wind farms.
The acquisition, announced on 12 October 2017, is subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017.