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JDR reels in interray deal for biggest wind farm off Belgium

Lines will connect giant 487MW SeaMade project's Siemens Gamesa 8.4MW turbines to substation

Cable-maker JDR has landed the contract to supply the interray lines for the 487MW SeaMade project, Belgium’s largest offshore wind farm.

Under the terms of the contact with development's main contractor, Deme Offshore, JDR will design, manufacture and deliver 78km of 33kV aluminium-core cables and accessories, including repair joints and connectors, linking the wind farms’s 58 Siemens Gamesa 8.4MW turbines to the development’s substation.

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“As an organisation we are really looking forward to collaborating with Deme on this impressive project, which will provide power from renewable energy to a substantial amount of homes in Belgium,” said JDR sales manager Robert Weeks.

The cable will be assembled in JDR’s Hartlepool,UK facility, with delivery slates for the end of 2019.

When fully operation in 20209, the SeaMade offshore wind farm, located 50km off the coast from Ostend, will supply energy to 485,000 houses in Belgium and offset 700,000 tonnes/year of CO2 emissions.

Dutch utility Eneco, which has a 12.5% stake in SeaMade, in December 2018 signed up to buy the full output of the wind farm, an amalgam of the previous 235MW Mermaid and the 252MW Seastar projects.

Along with Eneco, the SeaMade development consortium is made up Otary RS (70% stake), Electrabel (17.5%).

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