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London Array hampered by cable delay

Cable installation for the London Array offshore wind farm has been rescheduled following bad weather and engineering challenges, its operators said today.

London Array’s cabling contractors Global Marine and Visser & Smit Marine Contracting (VSMC) have come into difficulties installing the cabling in the wind farm’s shallow waters. As a result, they will use fresh resources to ensure the inter-array cables are installed on time.

VSMC will now charter its Stemat 82 dredging vessel to begin installing array cables at London Array this month. This vessel will be supported by Global Marine’s cable storage barge Explorer and VSMC’s Stemat 87, a pontoon work boat.

“Installation of array cables has progressed more slowly than planned but with the help of VSMC and Global Marine we have been able to repackage the work to minimise the amount of time spent on standby during the worst of the winter months and ensure that it is completed on schedule in the most efficient manner,” said London Array project director Richard Rigg.

The £1.95bn London Array offshore wind farm sits 28km off the Kent coast, which when finished will have an installed capacity of 1GW.

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