Many of the issues that have plagued the offshore wind industry in Europe can be avoided in North America through proper planning and demonstrated experience, say Global Marine Systems Ltd and now Global Marine Energy, Inc., the American owned licensee of Global Marine. Offshore power-cable installation has been particularly troublesome in the North Sea resulting in cost overruns, insurance losses, and the failure of a few companies that decided to enter the market. Frequently encountered are often with installation procedure resulting in cable damage and installation delay due to lack of installer experience and improper equipment.
“Our experience in the installation of telecommunications cables led directly to our developing an expertise in offshore power cable. We have been involved in cable installations on projects such as Horns Rev, Horns Rev 2, Kentish Flats, Estlink, and Britned,” says Gabriel Ruhan, CEO of Global Marine Systems Ltd. “With interest in offshore wind and offshore power-cable interconnects beginning to take shape in North America, we have decided to license our know-how and sub-contract our experts to an American company, Global Marine Energy, Inc., to address these markets as well.”
“Our goal is to transfer the best practices developed over the past decade in European offshore wind,” says Joel Whitman CEO of Global Marine Energy, Inc. “We can then use that expertise to develop American and Canadian personnel, equipment, and vessels to correctly plan and install the offshore cable plant required for North American projects. Since we are an American owned comp, we can do this in full compliance with the Jones Act and other U.S. regulations.”
Over the past decade about 4 GW of offshore wind power have been installed in European waters. The market there is well underway with an additional 15 GW consented and an estimated 25 to 50 GW in planning stages. With offshore wind and interconnect projects in planning stages up and down the East Coast and in the Great Lakes, the North American market is beginning to move forward.
Global Marine Energy Inc.
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