Jan De Nul Group completes Race Bank export installation

After two successful installation campaigns in 2016 and 2017, Jan De Nul Group has reached an important milestone with the timely completion of the installation and burial of the export cables for DONG Energy’s  Race Bank Wind Farm in the United Kingdom. Jan De Nul successfully installed two export cables of 70 km across England’s most important natural habitats and linked the two Offshore Substations with an interconnector of 6 km.

To execute the nearshore works across the saltmarsh in the Wash, Jan De Nul Group developed and built the award-winning low ground pressure cable installation and burial tools Sunfish and Moonfish. Both machines were deployed from Jan De Nul’s cable installation barge DN120. Offshore cable installation vessel Isaac Newton played a key role in the cable installation and jointing works as well as in the cable burial works with onboard trencher UTV1200 across the shallow Docking Shoals.

David Summers senior project director for DONG Energy commented, “Race Bank has challenging seabed conditions along the offshore export route and the cable installation was identified as one of the key risks to project success.  Jan De Nul rose to the challenge applying their considerable engineering capability to the problems, especially in the nearshore. They have done a really great job.