5th Annual Offshore Cables And Maintenance Forum

5th Annual Offshore Cable Installation And Maintenance Forum

Offshore Cables Forum - Day 2 - Wednesday 11 February 2015

Registration & Morning Refreshments


 Chair's Opening Remarks

Sean Kelly, Chair, Offshore Wind Programme Board And Director, Transmission Capital


Installation Efficiency For Far From Shore (FFS) Projects – Project Resource And Logistics To Drive Down OpEx

  • How logistical adjustments and strategic process management can be used to facilitate cost reduction
  • Utilising multipurpose vessels Vs. Purpose built cable installation vessels – A cost benefit analysis
  • Exploring engineering options for FFS installation solutions in order to accelerate the development of industry capabilities and drive out inflated FFS op-ex

John Freeland, Offshore Wind Project Director, Renewables Offshore

Cable Installation – Strategies And Concepts To Reduce OpEx


Managing Relations With Installation Contractors And Coordinating The Installation Process

  • Effective management for R3 developments and larger projects with complex networks of external consultants, suppliers and other operators
  • Best practice for mitigating project risks: Concise communication strategies, accurate logistical interpretation and efficient HR management
  • When things go wrong: How to solve issues fast and offset long-term project damage

Philip Jordan, Asset Manager, Eirgrid

Conor McNamee, EWIC Cables Manager, Eirgrid


Networking Break And Morning Refreshments


PANEL DISCUSSION: The Benefits Of Standardisation On Cable Voltage And Power Ratings

  • Analysing the need and application of standardisation at a system level
  • A modular approach to offshore transmission systems
  • Should cables be standardised or tailor-made?

Panelists Include:
Dr Ander Madariaga, Senior Researcher, Transmission, ORE Catapult

Jeremy Featherstone, Product Development Director, JDR Cable Systems Ltd


Case Study: HVDC Interconnector Projects

  • Developing an extruded HVDC cable system to ensure efficient and cost-effective installation
  • Expanding the cables reach: enabling more power over greater distances and ensuring low transmission losses
  • How will this new technology change the feasibility of offshore wind projects?
  • Assessing the capital and operational cost savings
  • The development of DC grids and a hybrid HVDC breaker: new solutions to current obstacles

Dr Ander Madariaga, Senior Researcher, Transmission, ORE Catapult


Networking Lunch


Cable Monitoring Fault Repair And Recovery

  • Monitoring conditions while cables are being laid
  • Stress monitoring on power cables
  • Using the latest monitoring and testing techniques to enhance cable repair
  • Risk assessed access for cable repairs for ease of repair-ability
  • Minimising downtime during cable faults
  • Dealing with the challenges associated with longer length cables
  • Real time’ monitory systems
  • Understanding the role condition monitoring systems could play in reducing the risks associated with sudden failures

Karl-Heinz Cohnen, Team Leader Power Cable Monitoring, NKT Cables

Monitoring Cables


Predictive And Preventative Maintenance Strategies To Reduce Costs

  • Condition monitoring during cable lifetime: Cost Control and Risk Management
  • Non-destructive local and global condition assessment
  • Accurate fault location
  • Remote monitoring system – a part of your contingency plan

Vidar Bergli, VP Sales, Wirescan


Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments


Advanced Data Management For Monitoring Cable Efficiency

  • Understanding DTS and other monitoring technologies for early identification of cable fault and fatigue
  • Reducing OPEX through proactive partial discharge and condition monitoring
  • How to effectively synergise external environmental data such as scour monitoring and direct cable monitoring techniques
  • Damage, inspection and repair - Real life takeaways from a data heavy monitoring programme

Simon Catmull, Data Engineer, RES Offshore


Challenges For Cable-Laying Vessels

  • How to facilitate access to the wind farm site and export cable route for construction & maintenance
  • Reducing dependency on offshore vessels
  • New vessel designs to drive down the risks and costs associated with subsea cable installation
  • Efficient use of the latest cable trenching equipment to reduce installation time and costs.
  • Dealing with damage from jack-up vessels
  • Developing bespoke and tailor made vessels and equipment to improve cable installation

Richard Parkinson, Managing Director, Mojo Maritime


Chair’s Closing Remarks


Close of Forum

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