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    UK company completes cable lay for the European Marine Energy Centre test site

    Projects and Operations // August 25, 2010

    Global Marine Systems (GMS) has completed the direct shore end landing and lay of two new power cables at European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) tidal test site at Eday, Orkney Islands and one new power cable at EMEC’s wave test site at
    Billia Croo, Orkney Islands.

    The cable laying vessel CS Sovereign continues working at the EMEC site on a programme of cable refurbishment and ROV survey work.

    CS Sovereign has been conducting ground-breaking work for EMEC and for the first time in their history, a dedicated DP2 cable ship has installed a submarine cable at the EMEC’s wave and tidal sites” said Kevin Todd, sales manager, Global Marine Energy.

    “The installation of submarine cable in very fast currents and variable tidal conditions is very sophisticated and demanding work, which demands exacting vessel requirements and expertise. CS Sovereign’s officers and crew have shown extreme professionalism, perseverance and immense ability in installing these cables in the
    most of demanding environments."

    "These cable installations by CS Sovereign are an example of how GMS is looking to the future renewable energy markets such as wave and tidal and helping the
    UK to meets its CO2 targets.”

    "The addition of three new cables reflects a growing demand for berths at our test sites from the developers of wave and tidal energy devices,” said Neil Kermode, EMEC managing director.

    The first new cable will be used by Atlantis Resources for their tidal turbine later in the year and the second new cable will be used for Voith Hydro Ocean Current Technologies in advance of their turbine installation next year.


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