SOC completes cable works at Veja Mate

08 Feb 2017

Siem Moxie operating at a Veja Mate foundation

Siem Moxie operating at a Veja Mate foundation

Siem Offshore Contractors (SOC) has completed its cable installation work off the Veja Mate Offshore Windfarm.

All 73 inner array grid cables have been installed and trenched ten weeks ahead of schedule. The submarine composite cables were successfully installed using the Siem Duo consisting of the Cable Lay Vessel Siem Aimery and the Installation Support Vessel Siem Moxie.

Regis Rougier, managing director of SOC, said: “It is a pleasure to confirm the successful completion of another project ahead of schedule, our third project utilising the Siem Duo.”

He added: “The offshore crews of the Siem Aimery and Siem Moxie as well as the onshore project team have made us proud again by providing high quality services and workmanship! We are looking forward to the next challenges for our crews and teams on our next projects.”

The Siem Aimery loaded more than 95 km of copper core submarine composite cables directly into its two turntables in addition to the cable protection systems, which were loaded into a dedicated under-deck storage compartment.

While the Siem Moxie assisted with the cable pull-in, termination and testing activities deploying SOC’s dedicated offshore support units (OSU) equipped with generators, pull-in winches, tools and equipment for personnel life support at the individual offshore work sites.

Siem Offshore Contractors was awarded the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) contract for the IAG cable system of the Veja Mate OWF in April 2015.

The 67 wind turbine generators of the project are located 115km north of the German coastline within the German Bight sector of the North Sea in water depths of up to 40 metres.

Klaus Zwirlein, Veja Mate cable package manager, concluded: “We have come a long way from start of contract negotiations back in autumn 2014 and I am extremely happy that we have now brought the cable installation to a successful end, ahead of schedule.”

“The weather has been very kind to us for most of the time but the credit mainly goes to the purpose-built vessels and their crews that have proven their capabilities of executing cable installation works to the highest safety- and quality standards within a challenging offshore environment during a winter campaign.”

By Alice Mason

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