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16 August, 2006 - 11:47 By Staff Reporter

First deep water wind farm nears

Chelmsford’s Global Marine Systems has begun subsea cable installation work which aims to pave the way for the UK’s first deep water commercial wind farm.

Located next to the Beatrice Oil field almost 14 miles off the north east coast of Scotland, the £35 million Beatrice Wind Farm demonstrator project will use two 5 megawatt wind turbines to test the viability of operating turbines in depths of up to 45 metres.

Global Marine, which won the contract following a competitive tender, will use its Cable Ship Sovereign to install two main cables, each comprising a power and fibre optic cable, and connect the two turbines to Talisman’s Beatrice Alpha oil platform.

The installation will enable project leader, Talisman Energy (UK), to power Beatrice Alpha using energy generated from the turbines and also remotely control and monitor certain aspects of the turbines’ performance from the oil platform, such as altering blade pitch and sending back turbine performance data for analysis.

Allan MacAskill, wind farm project director at Talisman Energy, said: “Global Marine has a significant track record in providing cable installation to the renewable energy sector which, when coupled with their industry leading expertise and technology, made them a natural partner of choice for this project.”

Global Marine’s experience in the renewable energy sector includes work on the Kentish Flats offshore wind farm last summer, on Horns Rev, the world’s largest offshore wind farm in 2002 and wind farms at Blyth Northumberland in 2000.

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