EDS Finalizes Cable Termination and Testing for EOWDC

EDS HV Group (EDS), part of James Fisher and Sons, has completed its scope of work at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), also known as the Aberdeen offshore wind farm.

EDS was sub contracted by Boskalis for the cable termination and testing work.

EDS completed the cable termination and testing work on the 11 assets, providing the expertise and skill set required to work with the increased voltage.

In addition, EDS HV Management also provided HV consulting services to the EOWDC as part of a separate contract that included safety rules implementation and supply of Senior Authorised Persons (SAPs), network and SCADA system review and commissioning support services.

Located off Aberdeen Bay, the pioneering offshore wind farm has 11 turbines with a total generating capacity of 93.2MW.

The EOWDC project has enabled Swedish energy group Vattenfall, the developers behind the wind farm, to trial new technology and is only the second commercial offshore wind farm worldwide to use 66kV cabling system.

Ken Ritson, managing director of EDS said: “66kV is quickly becoming the industry norm, and any change such as this needs to be carefully managed. EDS were happy to offer the enhanced level of competence and experience required to help to manage this change.”

Overall, the EOWDC involved just over 21 km of cabling from the offshore site to the substation in Blackdog, Aberdeenshire.

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