JDR awarded contract for DONG Energy’s Hornsea Project One wind farm

JDR, a leading supplier of subsea power cables and umbilicals to the global offshore energy industry, has been awarded a contract by DONG Energy to supply subsea power cables for the Hornsea Project One.

With a total capacity of 1.2 gigawatts (GW), Hornsea Project One will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm and the first to exceed 1 GW capacity. The project is located 120 kilometres (km) off the Yorkshire coast and will meet the electricity needs of well over 1 million UK homes.

The contract – which is the largest array cable award in JDR’s history – will see the company design and manufacture 242km of array cables, covering two thirds of the total wind farm capacity. JDR will also provide terminations, hang-off arrangements and additional accessories as well as services at the site.

JDR CEO, David Currie, says: “This contract award demonstrates our leadership position in the array cable market and is the second award to date for JDR under our partnership agreements with DONG Energy. Our collaboration is encouraging technology development to support technical and commercial cost reduction, which is a critical element of our long-term strategy. We are proud to play a key role in this world-leading infrastructure project and continue our dedicated support to ensuring success for DONG Energy.”

Richard Turner, COO of JDR, adds: “Hornsea Project One is a major milestone for JDR as it is the largest array cable contract award in our history. It is also a significant step towards the Government’s aspirations to increase the role of renewable energy in the UK’s energy mix.”

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, UK Energy Minister, comments: “We are building a strong, competitive UK supply chain to support our leading offshore wind industry. Businesses in the UK have greater certainty than ever before thanks to Government support.

“This agreement between JDR and DONG Energy is a great example of how this newfound certainty can drive local jobs and growth through the UK supply chain.”

In 2016, JDR and DONG Energy developed a collaboration agreement to identify, develop and implement initiatives in key focus areas including health, safety, environment, quality performance and cost of electricity, including risk and schedule optimisation. The Hornsea Project One contract also follows the signing of an array cable framework agreement between the parties in June 2015 and the subsequent award of the Racebank offshore wind farm array cable contract in September 2015.

Duncan Clark, Hornsea Project One Programme Director at DONG Energy, says: “Hornsea Project One is truly a pioneering project for the UK and for the electricity sector. When built, it will become the world’s largest offshore windfarm by a considerable margin, helping to support Government ambitions to meet carbon reduction targets. We are committed to investing in the UK and it’s great to award a significant contract like this to a UK-based company which we know offers high-quality design and reliable delivery in harsh offshore environments.”

JDR will manufacture the cables at its state-of-the-art facility in Hartlepool, UK, with batch deliveries scheduled for Q3 2018 and Q2 2019.