Day 2: Thursday 23 March 2017
08:30

Registration And Refreshments

09:00

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Streamlining The Design, Manufacture And Testing Of Cables

09:15

Why The Industry Should be Designing With Installation In Mind?

  • How has bad design and manufacturing seen a high failure rate?
  • The need for feedback loops from installation teams to designers and fabricators
  • Why increasing requirements and specifications on designs will save costs in the long run
9:45

Technological Improvements In Design Of Cables

  • Can you make smaller, lighter cables to reduce installation costs?
  • The rise of dynamic cables for floating wind projects
  • Are pre-terminated cables too risky?
  • How can better designs increase efficiency in offshore wind?
10:15

Why Testing And Cable Standards Need To Be Improved?

  • How limited sharing of experiences may have caused a lack in appropriate testing standards
  • The need for new standards for factory and onsite testing
  • Using better quality survveillance and  cable validation during installation to drive down costs
  • What improved standards would mean for transition to 66kv
10:45

Morning Refreshments & Networking Opportunities 

11:15

High Voltage Cable Testing, Loading And How to Improve Lifetimes?

  • Why owners want more and more severe testing?
  • What does this mean for the industry
  • What is the appropriate level of testing and at which stages should cables be testing?
  • How can an improvement in guidelines push the industry forward?
  • Dealing with the issue of cable temperatures without terminating warranty

Advancements In Cable, 66kv And Connectors

11:45

Dynamic Cables For Offshore Floating Wind Projects 

  • What are the challenges involved
  • Project examples of where it has been done already
  • What are the cost implications of such a structure and ways to bring them down
12:15

Inter Array Connection And Interconnections

  • Commercial availability and testing being done in this area
  • What is the acceptable failure rate?
  • The network of offshore transmission cables
  • Should transmission grid operator be sharing the costs?
  • The electricity network and distribution
12:45

Lunch And Networking Opportunities

13:45

From Copper To Aluminium Conductors

  • How will this matter depending on the design of the cable?
  • Where will this change be most valuable?

  • Can the supply chain sustain this transition?

  • Can aluminium conductors reduce failure rates

14:15

Panel Session: The Move to 66kv And Supply Chain Issues That The Industry Faces

A panel of experts to discuss ideas and allow for the audience to submit questions/queries they have on the state of the offshore cabling industry

  • Thoughts on East Anglia 1 and its distance offshore using 66kv
  • Will 66kv affect resources negatively
  • Will testing contractual agreements be met with a lack of standards
  • Why manufacturers need to be more heavily involved and the limited skills workforce
  • Bottle neck scenario? In the limited number of cable manufacturers and installation companies
  • How to Improve slow moving development


Simon Catmull, Project Engineer, Res Group

15:15

Chairs Closing remarks

15:30

Afternoon Refreshments And Extended Networking Opportunities

16:00

End Of Forum