Anholt offshore wind farm is located between the headland of Djursland on the Jutland coast and the island of Anholt. The site covers an area of 144 km2 and is comprised of 111 monopile wind turbines and one offshore substation.
As part of this project, VBMS was contracted by Dong Energy to install 111 infield cables with a total length of around 154 km. Dong Energy subcontracted the cable manufacturer to supply three types of cable (150mm2, 240mm2 and 500mm2), delivered by train on 89 drums and in 3 continuous lengths (500mm2).
VBMS deployed two cable installation spreads to lay cables for the Anholt Wind Farm. The first cable installation spread was the Stemat 82, assisted by anchor handling tugs, Lydia D and Nova K. The Stemat 82 is an anchored barge equipped with a large turntable which was used to install the long cables that connect the substation to the first wind turbine in each row of the wind farm.
The second installation spread consisted of a purpose-built reel drive cable installation spread that was installed on the rear deck of the DP2 offshore construction vessel, Toisa Wave. This vessel ran into port to load 9 cable drums at a time. This set-up proved to be extremely efficient, resulting in the timely completion of the cable installation scope, ahead of schedule.
After each cable was installed, VBMS used a jetting ROV to trench the cables into the seabed at a target depth of 1.5 metres. The trenching of the cable was done independently of the cable installation, using a DP2 trenching support vessel.
VBMS was also responsible for the design, supply and installation of 210 No. cable protection systems. These systems were tailor-made to suit the different cable entry configurations, such as bell mouths at the substation, J-tubeless cable entries in the monopiles, situations with or without preinstalled scour protection, etc. The cable protection systems contained a seal system which restricts the water flow in and out of the monopiles. VBMS used local divers to activate the seals once cable installation was completed.
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