Offshore Cable Installation & Maintenance 2011

Venue: London

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Sep 28, 2011 End Date/Time: Sep 30, 2011
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It has been estimated that subsea cable laying accounts for between 7-10% of the capital cost of the windfarm development, but often, 70% of insurance claims from windfarm operations relate to cable damage! With major industry expansion plans on the horizon, there has never been a greater need for the industry to come together and develop a coordinated approach to the challenges it faces going forward.

Join key members of the wind community to discuss the main challenges facing offshore wind farm developers in relation to subsea cable installation and maintenance. With Round 3 developments due to go into construction within the next 5 years and major international expansion plans for offshore wind, this timely event will explore industry best practice and ensure attendees leave with a blueprint for success that encompasses risk awareness and cost efficient project management throughout the operational lifetime of an installed offshore wind farm.

Confirmed speaker organisations include:

GL Garrard Hassan
RES Offshore
The Crown Estate
UK Cable Protection Committee
CTC Marine
J P Kenny

The programme is currently being developed. Key areas to be covered following discussion with industry stakeholders to date:

Security of Supply: Global demand for HVDC cable is set to increase dramatically over the next 5 years. What capacity building plans does the cable manufacturing industry have in place to respond to increased global demand?
Project Planning - Risk Management and Awareness: Are windfarm developers risk aware throughout the life cycle of their cable installation project, and should the industry consider a more coordinated approach across the project development supply chain to maximise cost efficiency and risk management?
Financial Planning: Uncertainty over installation time and the potential for cable damage can have significant financial impact on windfarm development projects. A coordinated best practice approach is needed from the industry with regards to risk awareness and cost certainty during the financial planning stages of the project to reassure development investors of the long term asset value of their investment.
Insurance: If there is to be a reduction in insurance premiums for large scale windfarm developments, the industry must prove that lessons have been learned and that going forward risk awareness and cost certainty best practice runs through the entire life cycle of their windfarm development.
Subsea Cable Route Survey and Installation: Are cable installation companies asking the right questions of their cable route surveyor and are they correctly interpreting the data to ensure a cost effective and reliable submarine cable system? What are the associated financial and project delivery risks that you need to mitigate for should you encounter challenging subsea installation environments?
Technical Equipment and Skills: Does your cable installation project have the necessary equipment and technical skills throughout your stakeholder supply chain to ensure successful completion when faced with challenging installation environments? And what contingency plans do you have in place for unforeseen technical difficulties that may arise during the project development
Maintenance and Repair: Major offshore development plans has highlighted the need for the development of an industry standard business model for offshore power cable maintenance and repair, to minimise the risk from expensive downtime following cable damage. Will investors and insurance providers insist on scheduled maintenance and emergency repair capability as standard in the project life cycle to ensure maximum asset life and protection of their investment?