Day 1: 13 February 2014

Registration And Morning Refreshments


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Ton Geul, Business Development Manager , Visser And Smit Marine Contracting BV


Preparing For A Bottleneck: Tackling The Challenges Of The Cable Supply Chain

  • Strategies to mitigate risks upstream in the cable supply chain
  • Identifying bottlenecks prior to contract signing
  • Developing mitigation and tracking levers
  • Experiences in the supply of cables and cable installation based on Dan Tysk
  • Integrating the lessons learned from Dan Tysk into the Sandbank and Kentish Flats extension

Alexander Von Massenbach, Project Manager, Supply Chain Management , Vattenfall


CASE STUDY: Gwynt y Mor Offshore Wind Farm: A Review Of The Planning And Budgeting Process

  • Strategies for keeping installers informed of seabed mapping survey results
  • Marine GIS and mapping programs to manage wind farm construction
  • Cable route planning before during and after installation
  • Cable burial methods for protecting array cables
  • Cable and pipeline crossing agreements

Justin Hawkins, Survey Data Manager , RWE 


Morning Refreshments


Ensuring The Early Inclusion Of Installers For Reduced Installation Costs

  • At what stage of the planning process should the installer be brought in?
  • Ensuring alignment between key procurement decision makers and installers early in the planning phase
  • Exploring the various options for foundations to cables and cable routeing earlier on in the planning stages for improved cable protection and reduced repair costs
Flemming Larsen,  IAC Package Manager DanTysk Offshore Wind Farm,  Vattenfall (external)


Examining The Changing Role Of Installation Consultants

  • Why has the role of the installation consultant evolved over recent years?
  • What level of expertise do consultants currently offer?
  • At what stage of the project should a consultant be brought in in order to maximise returns?

Jan Van De Velde, Owner And Partner, MOVE Renewable


Networking Lunch


Round Table Discussions 

Delegates choose to attend one of the following facilitated group discussions

  • Examining burial depths: the cost of burying too deep
  • Assessing the value of surveys and their impact on installation planning 
  • The challenges of array and export cabling for floating renewable energy converters (wind, wave and tidal) 
  • Examining best practice techniques for trenching and burial
  • Defining a repair strategy through data gained from DTS 
  • How will the development of 66kv inter-array cables reduce levelised cost of energy? 

Key thought leaders chairing these discussions include:

Bernard Van Hemert, Technical Project Manager, Typhoon Offshore 

Jan Van De Velde, Owner And Partner, MOVE Renewable 

Emilie Reeve, Delivery Associate- Round Three Projects, The Carbon Trust

Matthew Bleasedale, Managing Director, Offshore Wind Logistics And Construction (OWLC)

Chris Garrett, Offshore Wind Farm Engineer, DNV GL 


Export Cable Route Corridor Considerations For Phased Development Offshore

  • The technical, environmental and commercial effects involved in routeing export cables in close proximity
  • Mitigating the risks associated with the repair and maintenance of adjacent cables
  • The effect of installation and burial equipment on the spacing of cables
  • Strategies for assessing the operational and technical risks of cable routes against commercial interests

Simon Wheel, Offshore Project Manager-Cables,  RES Offshore


Afternoon Refreshments And Networking 


Exploring The Capabilities Of New Purpose built Vessels 

  • An introduction to the HF4 (High Flow Installation Vessel)
  • Examining the cost, capabilities, risk reduction and the expansion of operating windows
  • Inter-array cable applications
  • Introducing a collaborative approach in order to reduce  vessel cost 

Richard Parkinson, Managing Director, Mojo Maritime


Damen Infield Cable Layer Concept 

  • Array cable installation in rougher conditions and tighter schedules
  • Two turntables below deck resulting in 1400m2 unobstructed main deck
  • A completely new vessel design, the ICL 5000 provides a total solution for infield cable laying contractors

Peter Robert, Business Development Manager, Offshore Wind, Damen Shipyards Group


Determining The Suitability Of Trenching And Burial Tools For Installation 

  • How to increase the adaptability of tools for varying seabed requirements over longer cable routes
  • How to interpret survey data for optimum equipment selection
  • Determining the most effective tools for trenching and  burial based on seabed conditions
  • Identifying the limitations of horizontal directional drilling on cable installation in exposed rock

Ton Geul, Business Development Manager, Visser And Smit Marine Contracting


UXO Risk Management For Cable Installation

  • An overview of the problem of marine UXO
  • How desk based threat and risk assessments can be used to manage risk
  • Using detailed magnetometer surveys  in order to reduce risk

Mark Lawrence, Project Manager-Geophysics and Route Engineering, RES Offshore


Chair’s Closing Remarks


Close Of Day One