JDR Cable Systems to supply dynamic cables to EolMed’s floating wind turbines
: JDR Cable Systems (JDR), the global subsea cable and umbilical supplier, part of the TFK Group, has been awarded the contract to supply, test and terminate the 66kV dynamic inter array cables (IAC) for independent renewable energy producer Qair’s floating offshore wind Eolmed pre-commercial 30MW project.
Located in the south of France, 18km off the coast of Gruissan and Port-La Nouvelle in the Occitanie region, the Eolmed project will be connected to the French Electricity Transmission Network (RTE), providing approximately 100 million kWh per year of power – equivalent to the electrical consumption of 50,000 inhabitants. It will achieve this through three wind turbines anchored to the seabed in a water depth in a range of 60 metres.
JDR will design and manufacture the 66kV dynamic cables, with the cable cores being produced at TFK’s Bydgoszcz plant in Poland. The assets will be transported for final assembly and testing at JDR’s state-of-the-art facility in Hartlepool, UK. Bourbon Offshore Gaïa will be responsible for the transport and installation of the cables and accessories between each of the 10MW floating wind turbines and Eolmed floating electrical hub.
John Price, Sales Director at JDR, comments: “This project underscores our trusted capabilities in the burgeoning floating offshore wind sector, having recently worked on Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion’s floating wind project. As the market leader in dynamic cable technology, and with extensive experience in the wind sector, this contract is an opportunity for our expert team to provide their full suite of skills and knowledge, delivering complete system analysis, manufacturing, and testing of the dynamic cables. With water depths getting deeper and analysis becoming more complex, innovations in dynamic cables such as ours will be critical to meet rising demand.”
Once the cables have been installed, JDR’s teams will be on-site to test and terminate the IAC system. The manufacture and delivery of the cables will be completed in the second half of 2024.
The contract comes as part of France’s aim to have 40GW of offshore wind capacity in operation by 2050, with the French President stating that this would constitute around 50 projects, and of which 4 in the 8 first tenders have preselected Qair.
About JDR Cable Systems
JDR’s world-leading solutions bring power and control to energy systems in the global offshore oil, gas and renewable industries. For more than 25 years, we have built our success on our technical expertise and reliability. Every market we enter, every customer we serve, and every project we deliver benefits from exactly the same dedication to technical quality, service and support.
In designing, manufacturing, delivering, installing, and supporting subsea power cables and umbilical systems, our engineers and manufacturers are committed to providing products and services of the highest quality. We deliver consistently reliable solutions through our specialist engineering and experienced project management teams. Our 24/7 service and support throughout the product lifecycle meets even the most complex and demanding project requirements.
About TFK Group
TFK Group is a leading global producer of wires and cables, with major production facilities in Europe and sales offices globally. With its HQ in Poland, TFK Group consists of several trading companies, with a significant number of production plants around Europe and a Cable Waste Recycling Department in Poland. TFK Group offers 25,000 types of wires and cables, which are sold in 80 countries. With a consistent growth strategy based on client portfolio diversification, TFK Group has cemented its position as a world leader in the cable business, with significant further development potential.
A project developed by Qair with its partners TotalEnergies and BWIdeol, Eolmed is a 30 MW floating offshore pilot project located in the Mediterranean Sea, off Gruissan and Port-la Nouvelle, France. Installed 18km from the coast, the 3 wind turbines will produce 110 million kWh per year, equivalent to the consumption of 50,000 inhabitants.
Relying on the local industry, the construction of the wind turbines will require 600,000 man-hours for the manufacture of the floats alone.
Eolmed’s objective is twofold: contribute to the creation of a French floating offshore wind industry and validate the economic model for subsequent commercial development.
More information on Eolmed.fr