Cable protection deal for wind farm project

Paul Boughton

Trelleborg’s offshore operation has secured a contract to supply its range of high performance cable protection, for phase two of the prestigious offshore wind farm Fukushima Forward Project, led by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Following a successful delivery of phase one, Trelleborg has been selected to provide its distributed buoyancy modules (DBM), bend stiffeners with dynamic bend stiffener connectors (DBSC), Uraduct cable protection and bend restrictors to phase two of the project. The products are due to be installed quarter three of this year and once complete, the project will be the world’s largest floating wind farm.

John Deasey from Trelleborg’s offshore operation, said: “Securing the contract for phase one was a real accomplishment for Trelleborg. We knew the gravitas of the project and the tight timelines it was under. However, with the input of our specialist teams we ensured that we delivered all products exactly to schedule and in accordance with Furukawa Electric’s strict deadline. I believe that securing this second contract is an acknowledgement of the quality work we delivered in 2013, and further cements our position as a leading supplier of cable protection to the emerging floating wind farm market.”

In floating production environments, subsea electrical power cables are used to inter-connect floating structures on offshore windfarms and also run between the substation (electrical hub of the windfarm) and the shore. Trelleborg’s DBMs are designed to secure, guide and protect these power cables from excessive movement and bending that could cause fatigue damage.