German offshore wind cables sunk

Prysmian said power cables destined for Germany’s Deutsche Bucht and Butendiek offshore wind farms were lost at sea when a barge transporting them capsized off Sardinia.

The Italian cable group said the barge AMT Explorer got into difficulties in international waters last Thursday while being towed by a barge. All crewmembers are safe.

The €28m ($38m) of cables were due to be delivered to the German North Sea for use at the 288MW Butendiek and the 210MW Deutsche Bucht projects.

Prysmian said it is working with TenneT, the network operator building the German North Sea grid “at their best capabilities to avoid consequences that may affect the project execution timetable”.

The incident is another unwanted episode in the effort to link Germany’s offshore wind farms, which has been hampered by problems ranging across engineering glitches, financing issues and the weather.

The offshore substation for Butendiek wind farm was loaded in May for transport from Belgium to the development off Germany.