Offshore Wind Cable Failure Merits Offshore Wind Moratorium

Offshore Wind Cable Failure Merits an Offshore Wind Moratorium.   

“America’s First” Offshore DeepWater Wind Project is Plagued by Cable Failures.

‘Wind farm cables cause headaches in Rhode Island’

By Jessica Hathaway

May 21, 2019

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“In December, Ørsted and National Grid collected information with a remotely operated vehicle to map the seafloor. In January 2019, they continued survey work by analyzing the soil and terrain around the exposed cables.

“Those results suggested that they need to go back to cable redesign,” Laura Dwyer, a spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, told the Block Island Times ...”

https://www.nationalfisherman.com/mid-atlantic/wind-farm-cables-cau...

Above graphic pertains to Thanet Offshore Wind Project. It illustrate production casualty by failed cables.

Offshore Wind Cable Failure Merits an Offshore Wind Moratorium.   

“America’s First” Offshore DeepWater Wind Project is Plagued by Cable Failures.

‘Cable exposed near shoreline’

Wed, 08/08/2018

DeepWater 35,000 Volt Cable Exposed-

“The cable is fully armored and insulated,” said Block Island Power Company President Jeffery Wright.

“That doesn’t take away that to stand on top of it is a little unnerving. Be respectful of it.”

https://www.blockislandtimes.com/article/cable-exposed-near-shoreli...

DeepWater Wind’s ongoing cable problems have frustrated the state of RI Agency CRMC with purview over cabling

for the 5 wind turbines.  As reported 10/18/18, CRMC demands, “engineering solutions for dealing with the cable on a

long-term basis.”

https://www.blockislandtimes.com/article/town-demands-long-term-sol...

SUBSEA CABLES GUARANTEED TO FAIL-

Cable problems, (more than 70% of wind project insurance claims), each repair average cost is (U.S. $6,450,630.08. 

conversion € 5 million).

https://www.offshorewind.biz/events/offshore-cabling-2017/

“Cable failures are one of the main risks affecting offshore wind operations because they can shut down an (important

part of an) offshore wind farm for a duration of months..”

https://www.dnvgl.com/news/offshore-wind-industry-joins-forces-to-r...

‘Industry must face up to growing cable failures’

“Operational failures now make up about 80% in value of all cable-related claims, a delegate from the insurance industry

claimed...”

https://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1428525/industry-face-grow...

“Offshore transmission has proved to be challenging and costly in Europe, and will present additional challenges in

the US because of the lack of domestic manufacturers of high-voltage, high-capacity submarine cable, and lack of

equipment for and...”

https://electrical-engineering-portal.com/offshore-wind-farms-trans...

‘Offshore wind industry joins forces to reduce costs of cable failures’

‘Damage to Subsea Cables a Huge Risk to Offshore Wind Farms’

“Among other issues with offshore wind farms, one of the biggest problems to affect the industry are issues

with subsea cables. Failures and issues during installation and maintenance...”

https://pmiind.com/damage-to-subsea-cables-a-huge-risk-to-offshore-...

“the cost of the UK’s high voltage export cable failures; this comprises both the cost of repairs and the

cost of lost wind farm production. The estimated total cost is about £160m, or nearly £170k for every

km of high voltage export cable..”

https://ore.catapult.org.uk/app/uploads/2018/02/Export-Cable-Reliab...

‘Thanet offshore wind project cable failure-‘

https://www.4coffshore.com/windfarms/project-dates-for-thanet-uk29....

U.S. IGNORES EXPENSIVE MISTAKES MADE IN EUROPE

Anbaric Transmission-

“But the lesson learned is that you need to do the transmission first,” Conant said.

“Early on in Germany, the delays caused costly headaches. Developers cite

that as a reason to have control over transmission, but it’s only part of the story,

the beginning,” agreed Knobloch. “The Danes and the Germans quickly moved

to planning transmission before soliciting offshore wind generation.”

https://www.rtoinsider.com/anbaric-offshore-wind-96507/

DANGER TO PUBLIC SAFETY

“Dangers of Renewable Energy Structures & Cables to Fishing

Renewable Energy Structures and Subsea Cables are a hazard and fishing

over them should be avoided at all times...”

Consummate Experts’ Source-

March 21, 2019

Offshore Construction Associates (OCA) has won a contract to provide

installation management services for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind

project in Massachusetts, U.S.

https://www.offshorewind.biz/2019/03/21/100150565/

President, Treasurer, Secretary & Director:

Nicholas William Wordsworth

8 DANBY STREET, LONDON

https://www.companydirectorcheck.com/nicholas-william-wordsworth

Nicholas Wordsworth is an engineer & expert on offshore wind and the

installation manager for Vineyard Wind and Westermost Rough Offshore Wind:

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Westermost Rough Foundations Installation 2012-

2014›

Installation Manager for 35 monopile foundations for the 210MW project using

new Siemens 6MW turbines

Source:  Westermost Rough Offshore Wind-

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“Reducing the Risks whilst Fishing

To reduce the risks of fishing near offshore structures, it is essential to be

up to date with KIS-ORCA information. KIS-ORCA information is easy to install on your vessel’s fishing

plotter and ensures skippers are able to make informed decisions for their safety.

The closer to the surface a subsea cable is lifted when fouled by fishing gear, the more danger there

is to the fishing vessel. In the interests of fishing safety and to prevent damage to subsea structures,

fishermen are advised to exercise caution when fishing in the vicinity of subsea cables and renewable

energy structures. Loss of gear, fishing time and catch can result if a trawler snags a subsea structure

and there is serious risk of loss of life...”

“Dangers of Renewable Energy Structures & Cables to Fishing

Renewable Energy Structures and Subsea Cables are a hazard and fishing over them should be avoided

at all times. Heavily armoured cables used within the subsea cable and renewable energy industry are very

strong and have high breaking strains, sometimes over 70 tonnes and can do extensive damage before they give way.

Most modern subsea cables carry high voltages which could prove lethal if attempts are made to cut them.

Fibre Optic cable consists of an inner optical core encased within a copper clad high tensile steel wire rope insulated

with polythene. In water less than 1500 meters deep, protection is added against fishing and anchor damage in the form

of external steel wire armour. Due to the severe environmental demands placed on submarine cables, a lead-alloy sheath is

often specified because of its compressibility, flexibility and resistance to moisture and corrosion. The sheath is usually

covered by a number of outer layers, comprising a PE or PVC jacket and metal wire armouring.”

“Emergency Procedures

1. If you suspect you have snagged a subsea cable, DO NOT endanger your vessel and crew by attempting to

recover your gear.

2. Carefully plot your vessel’s position as accurately as possible.

3. Advise the Coastguard of your situation, and call the 24 hour Emergency Number and state that an incident is

occurring concerning a subsea cable”

Source- More on fishing & safety here-

http://kis-orca.eu/media/76975/WestermostRough_LRes.pdf

WE MUST FUND FAILURE?

Western Link failure leaves energy users facing £36m bill

“Consumers in England and Wales may have to pay millions of

pounds in compensation to Scottish wind farms after a £1.1 billion underwater cable failed for a second time...”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/energy-users-face-36m-bill-for-f...

See a list, next link, beginning on page 161 of 220.

BOEM is well aware of offshore wind cable failure impacting projects they list.  

https://www.bsee.gov/sites/bsee.gov/files/tap-technical-assessment-...electrical-cable-burial-for-wind-farms.pdf

The U.S. needs an Offshore Wind Moratorium to Protect Rate and Taxpayers

Now Subsidizing Offshore Wind Technology Failure.

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Comment by Barbara Durkin on May 23, 2019 at 12:22am

Thank You, Willem.  I have no doubt we’re being kept in the dark by the media.

I spoke to a reporter to whom I had furnished information on the high cost of

offshore wind.  I was surprised to read low cost, “saving” in his subsequent article.

I inquired about this disconnect.  He informed me that his editor had changed his piece 

from high cost to “saving”.  Editorial Boards often have agendas that conflict with public

interest-served by the TRUTH.  

Thanks for your insight & comment!

Barbara

Comment by Willem Post on May 22, 2019 at 6:36pm

Hi Jessica,

Thank you for this informative summary of cable failures.

It is not reported by the media, because they like to receive advertising dollars, and be invited to closed door meetings where stratégies for information release to the public are discussed.

The cable issue likely is one of these issues.

Their mantra, the less revealed thé better

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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