Hellenic Cables becomes the exclusive array cable supplier for the world’s largest offshore wind farm

Hellenic Cables, the cable segment of Cenergy Holdings, has been awarded the Dogger Bank C array cable contract by DEME OFFSHORE SERVICES BV, the renewables business unit of DEME Group. Already the designated cables’ supplier for Dogger Bank A and B, with this contract Hellenic Cables becomes the sole inter-array cables’ supplier for the world’s largest offshore wind farm. 

Dogger Bank C is a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor, while Dogger Bank A and B are owned by SSE Renewables, Equinor, and Eni. SSE Renewables is leading the construction and delivery of all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, while Equinor will operate Dogger Bank Wind Farm on completion.

Under the new contract, Hellenic Cables will design, manufacture, test, and supply approx. 240 km of 66 kV XLPE-insulated inter-array cables and associated accessories. This is in addition to 650 km of array cables already awarded for phases A & B. The cables will be produced at Hellenic Cables’ vertically integrated, state-of-the-art submarine cables plant in Corinth, Greece. Production of the cables for Dogger Bank C is set to begin in 2023 and delivery will be a phased roll out in line with the project execution program. 

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Scotland could become a world leader in producing low carbon concrete foundations

Scotland could become a world leader in producing low carbon concrete foundations for floating offshore wind farms, according to a study funded by RWE, which is now increasingly involved in floating wind.

The study identified potential business opportunities from the current ScotWind seabed leasing round, and calls on Scottish politicians, project developers, suppliers and industry experts to join forces and investigate how best to unlock the potential, while maximising opportunities for local investment.

The research was carried out in partnership with researchers at the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE), through its Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence (FOWCOE), and was also supported by offshore wind industry experts at the Concrete Centre.

The study focused on concrete foundation designs and tested the feasibility of a production facility, capable of building 33 concrete floating foundations for 15 megawatts (MW) turbines each year with researchers reviewing Scotland’s existing experience and capabilities for producing specialist concrete focused on using low carbon methods and materials.

They found that both Scottish ports and industry have existing experience and skills from producing concrete at scale that can be applied to this low carbon alternative.

In terms of scale of opportunity, the study noted that just a single project would require a volume of low carbon concrete potentially up to four times greater than that needed to build one of Scotland’s largest infrastructure projects, the Queensferry Crossing.

It also said that to keep costs low and reduce carbon footprint, concrete production should take place at or close to the quayside where the foundations would be deployed and identified four Scottish ports – Hunterston, Kishorn, Port of Cromarty Firth (Invergordon) and Ardersier, as well as clusters of potential sites, including the Cromarty Firth and the Forth and Tay, which could potentially meet the capacities required.

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A big future for UK shipbuilding

The second iteration of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSbS) is due to be published soon.

The Johnson government has already made a commitment to double spending on shipbuilding in the next 10 years, averaging £1.7Bn a year.

NSbS II looks set to be expanded with a programme that outlines work for the next 30-years.

At the core of the NSbS is the intention to build ships to a regular drumbeat, breaking the disastrous boom and bust cycle that has plagued the industry in the last few decades.

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DP World to invest £300 m in new fourth berth at London Gateway

DP World has announced that it will begin work next month on a new fourth berth at its London Gateway logistics hub to increase supply chain resilience and create more capacity for the world’s largest vessels.

The £300m sum – which builds on the £2bn investment DP World has made in Britain over the last decade – represents the next step by the leading global provider of smart logistics in delivering integrated supply chain solutions for customers.

In the first six months of 2021 London Gateway saw record throughput of 888,000 TEU, a more than 23 per cent increase on the previous best performance for the first half of a year. The new fourth berth will raise capacity by a third and completion will coincide with the delivery of a new wave of 24,000 TEU vessels in 2023/2024, which will all be operated between Asia and Europe. 

Along with the Port of Tilbury London Ltd Forth Ports Limited and Ford UK’s Dagenham plant, DP World London Gateway will form Thames Freeport after being awarded freeport status by the Government earlier this year.

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Contract for Uig Ferry Terminal Upgrade awarded

The Highland Council has announced that the contract for the upgrade of Uig Ferry Terminal on the Isle of Skye has been awarded to RJ McLeod (Contractors) Limited.

Uig Port is owned by The Highland Council and working closely with Transport Scotland, Caledonian Maritime Assets, CalMac Ferries Limited and Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, the ferry terminal will be upgraded with new infrastructure which will improve the ferry service provision at Uig and provide a safer enhanced experience for all ferry and harbour users both now and into the future. This forms a key part of the Skye Triangle upgrade with works ongoing at Tarbert and Lochmaddy.

Construction work is expected to begin in September 2021 and it is thought the work will be completed in summer 2023.

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Holyhead Breakwater to undergo refurbishment due to erosion of foundations

A consultation has been launched over plans to refurbish Holyhead Breakwater amid concerns it could fail within the next 15 years.

Investigations of the structure have identified a need for a large scale refurbishment of the Breakwater to ensure that it can continue to receive about 70 per cent of all vehicle movement between Ireland and Wales and the North West.

The work, proposed by Royal HaskoningDHV on behalf of Stena Line, would see the construction of two layers of concrete armour units, weighing 43.5 tonnes each, placed along the breakwater over a width of approximately 40 metres.

Stena Line Ports is asking for the public’s views on the proposed refurbishment as part of its pre-application consultation from June 7 to July 4.

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River Freight Partnership to Reduce Transport CO2 by 75%

CEMEX has agreed a new five-year partnership with Walsh , a leading provider of river, road and rail freight solutions in London.

The contract will see Walsh running barges on the River Thames to transport aggregates from CEMEX’s wharf at Dagenham to its readymix plant at Fulham with a 75% CO2 saving compared to road transport.

This contract will transport CEMEX materials on the Thames with one barge service completed every day. The use of a river barge to transport these materials takes trucks off the road, helping to ease congestion and reduce emissions; each loaded barge carries 400 tonnes which saves the equivalent of 20 HGV lorries travelling across the centre of London.

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Engineers begin restoring UK’s oldest lido to former glory

The restoration of the UK’s oldest lido in Bath poses “significant engineering” challenges with the site only accessible by river.

Bristol-based construction firm Beard has begun work on the £6.2M Cleveland Pools project following a 17 year community campaign to save the Grade II-listed site.

Machinery, building materials and equipment required to carry out the major refurbishment work will be carried up-river on a pontoon pushed by a barge fitted out for the purpose.

The materials will be loaded up at the nearby Avon Rugby Club, which is being used as a base.

Built in 1815, Cleveland Pools is the oldest surviving outdoor public swimming pool in the UK.

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