Orient Cable secures Skye-Harris subsea cable contract
Orient Cable (NBO) has
been awarded a contract by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN)
Distribution to manufacture the cable for the Skye – Harris submarine
cable replacement project.
SSEN Distribution has confirmed its decision to proceed with replacement
of the 33kV cable which runs from Ardmore, Skye to Beacravik, Harris following
the recent subsea cable fault on 16 October.
Following analysis of procurement, cable manufacture and licensing considerations,
it is expected that the replacement cable will be energised and operational
by end August 2021. The replacement 33kV cable, which will provide increased
capacity of between 8 and 10MW compared to the existing link, is expected
to arrive in the UK in late May.
Special cable design will be applied for the condition with water depths
of 200 metres. A Remote Monitoring System (RMS) will be used to help the
remote project management in order to solve the travel restriction under
the current COVID-19 situation.