A group of companies have come up with a new set of guidelines which could take the sting out of cable costs for offshore renewable energy projects. The joint industry project (JIP) was created to address the use of guidelines from the oil and gas industry — which were not appropriate for green energy developments. Using the wrong guidelines can result in “overly conservative” designs and expensive stabilisation systems being recommended. In some cases, the associated costs can kick the renewables project into the long grass. Several companies and organisations − led by energy service giant Wood − and have spent the last year developing new guidelines which can improve understanding of subsea cable behaviour. The new methodology, based on tests performed at the Oceanide test facility in the south of France, provides advice on assessing the stability of cables on rocky and non-smooth seabeds.
Energy Voice 27th Feb 2018 read more »