DNV GL Releases Subsea Power Cable Guideline

By MarEx 2014-03-10 20:36:00

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts, today announced the launch of its guideline “Subsea power cables in shallow water renewable energy applications” (DNV-RP-J301), which provides a comprehensive review of subsea power cable practice and advice for managing the risk commonly associated with the cables.

The recommended practice, which is free to download from www.dnvgl.com/rules-standards/default.aspx#2, is the most comprehensive of its type in the industry.

Problems with subsea cables have affected many offshore wind farms and damage to cables has been identified as a major insurance risk for the offshore wind industry. Cable related problems are costly and most often arise from inadequate risk identification, lack of planning, sub-standard design and deficiencies in how procedures are applied. To date, cabling failures have cost millions of euros in delays and numerous legal disputes.

In order to address these problems, a guideline was developed by the Joint Industry Project (JIP) known as ‘CableRisk’, which was established in August 2012 by DNV GL and 15 partner organizations, including:

Bohlen & Doyen
Boskalis Offshore
DONG Energy
Electrabel GDF SUEZ
Inch Cape (EDPR, Repsol)
JDR Cable Systems
Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke
Offshore Marine Management 
Siem Offshore Contractors
Tekmar Energy
Tideway Offshore Solutions
Van Oord Offshore Wind Projects

The subsea power cable guideline is a comprehensive technical guide that covers all project phases of subsea cable projects. It applies to the entire length of the cable and its surroundings including assessment of project conditions, planning and execution of works as well as asset management. Important sections of the 145-pages document cover design of the physical interfaces at offshore units and in the landfall area.

Thomas Boehme, Principal Engineer with DNV GL and Project Manager for the JIP commented: “The guideline that we’ve developed under the ‘CableRisk’ project is an important step in the right direction to address design questions and manage risks surrounding subsea power cables. Major themes of the guideline are improvement of communication between stakeholders, clarification of what is required and pointing to possible solutions without limiting the options for implementation.”

Kim Mørk, Vice President and Global Technical Manager, DNV GL Renewables Certification and project sponsor for the JIP added: “The guideline will benefit the entire offshore wind industry, from developers and contractors through to owners and operators. Working with subject experts as part of ‘CableRisk’ has enabled us to develop a detailed and credible document, which will provide the industry with crucial insight into this often underestimated part of offshore wind development.”

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