The video shows DeepOcean’s Maersk Connector simultaneously spooling two 59 kilometer long 400kV HVDC XPLE cables from a cable freighter onto its 7,000 tonne split capacity duel concentric carousel in the port of Blyth.
The cable loading was for the first phase of the Nemo Link interconnector.
DeepOcean has already completed lay operations in the first offshore phase of the new Nemo Link. This was the first project to utilise the dual basket features.
The project was continued with cable burial by DeepOcean’s Havila Phoenix, with the T3200 trencher on board.
The second phase of the project is scheduled to be completed by DeepOcean in the second quarter of 2018.
Nemo Link will consist of two subsea and underground cables connected to a converter station and an electricity substation in Belgium and the UK, which will allow up to 1000 MW of electricity to flow in either direction between the two countries.
Under the contract with J-Power Systems, a division of Sumitomo Electric, DeepOcean is responsible for all marine works associated with the installation and protection of the HVDC bundled cables from the transition joint bay in Kent, UK to the transition joint bay in Zeebrugge, Belgium.
In addition to the installation and trenching of the bundled cable system, the work scope includes route surveys and engineering, pre-lay grapnel runs, out of service cable clearance, pre-sweeping in sandwave areas and crossings construction.