In March 2012 Red Penguin Associates was commissioned by The Crown Estate to conduct a desktop study and identify, review and assess the factors affecting the routing and spacing of transmission cables. The findings, conclusions and recommendations from the study form the basis of this report. In association with The Crown Estate, representatives from the offshore renewable energy sector owners, developers, operators, installers and maintenance providers were invited to participate in a Steering Group with the purpose of guiding and supervising Red Penguin Associates in the management of the study. The study aims to balance the interests of offshore developers in their quest to minimise the cost of renewable energy, whilst ensuring deliverability with acceptable risks, against the interests of existing seabed users and other future commercial activities. The principle objectives of the study are: • To provide The Crown Estate with general criteria for assessing developers’ cable spacing proposals in line with best practice and the appropriate due diligence. • To publish the study report as a point of reference, which having been directed by the Steering Group, achieves the endorsement of cross-industry representation.
CABLE ROUTEING AND SPACING STUDY