PMSS to advise on US offshore

The US Department of the Interior and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has brought in energy consultancy PMSS America to give it strategic guidance on the layout of future offshore wind transmission infrastructure.

PMSS America, the New York based arm of TÜV SÜD PMSS, will work with engineers Red Penguin to run the rule over regulatory and environmental parameters of cable spacing for export trunklines and inter-array lines, to prevent slowdowns on wind farm developments now taking shape off the US.

“Subsea cable installation in offshore wind has at times been a lightning rod for spiraling costs and unexpected delays – creating uncertainty for prospective financiers and investors,” says  TÜV SÜD PMSS senior vice president Sebastian Chivers.

“The US offshore wind market must avoid making these expensive mistakes and, as we work directly with government and regulatory bodies, the effective implementation of a best practice guide will share key lessons and experiences that have proved pivotal to past project success.”

The PMSS assignment will form the foundation of a government report on best practice for transmission and inter-array connectors, which is expected to be key for investment, insurance and regulatory communities.

Red Penguin managing director Chris Sturgeon adds: “Our experience has shown the importance of bringing together, at the earliest opportunity, the various strands of regulation, engineering and environmental management necessary for successful control of inherent risk on submarine cable projects.”