Located in Aberdeen Bay, the 11-turbine development is said to be Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility.

Under the contract signed with offshore cable installation specialist VBMS, JDR will supply more than 20km of inter-array and export cables, including the first deployment of its 66kV technology, as well as associated accessories.

JDR CTO James Young said: “As the industry demands greater power requirements, 66kV technology will enable our customers to transmit more power than ever before.”

Scheduled to be completed in 2018, the EOWDC will test and demonstrate new offshore wind technologies.

Vattenfall EOWDC project director Adam Ezzamel said: “The scheme will also feature the world’s most powerful turbines, which are being supplied by MHI Vestas and through being paired with game-changing suction bucket foundations, represent a pioneering industry approach.

“We look forward to building on the EOWDC’s track record of testing the next generation of innovative technologies designed to make offshore wind even more affordable.”

Vattenfall plans to build the combined wind farm and technology deployment centre off the Scottish coast with an investment of more than SEK3bn ($348.3m).

The project is also expected to contribute to Vattenfall’s plan to increase its installed wind power capacity from 2GW to 4GW by 2020 while focusing on reducing and streamlining offshore wind power costs.

Image: JDR will supply 66kV inter-array cables for the EOWDC off the Scottish coast. Photo: courtesy of JDR Cable Systems Ltd.