VBMS has secured a contract to install 87 inter-array cables at Dong Energy's 660MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm in the UK.


Under the contract, VBMS will carry out route engineering, a pre-lay grapnel run, cable transport, cable installation and trenching works.

The company will use its in-house owned and operated cable-laying vessels and trenching tools for the works.

The wind farm will be located in the Irish Sea, around 19km west of the Walney Island coast in Cumbria.

Dong Energy will use 40 units of 8MW turbines by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for the first phase of the project, and 47 units of 7MW Siemens turbines for phase two.

The clean energy generated at Walney Extension project will be enough to power over 460,000 UK homes.

In a separate press release, Dong Energy revealed that it has signed a contract with Cumbria-based MPM North West to supply crane parts for its Barrow offshore wind farm, which is also located in the Irish Sea.

MPM will manufacture and deliver 60 new lifting arms for the wind farm, with installation anticipated to take place at the starting of June.

The deal also includes three years of maintenance work for MPM North West.

The Barrow offshore wind farm features 30 turbines and has been operational since 2006. It delivers enough energy for more than 60,000 homes.

Dong Energy is the largest offshore wind developer in the UK. It aims to have installed 6.5GW of capacity by 2020.

The company currently has more than 2GW of offshore wind power in operation around Europe and almost 1GW under construction in the UK and Germany.

Image: Walney offshore windfarm. Photo: courtesy of DONG Energy A/S.