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Green polyethylene pipe for green power generation in Westermost Rough, Yorkshire

Posted: Wednesday 5th February 2014

Radius Systems have supplied DONG Energy with over 11km of black polyethylene recycled pipe in sizes 63mm and 225mm, used as protective ducting for the electrical cabling system leading to the onshore substations for the Westermost wind farm project in Yorkshire.

35 next-generation Siemens 6MW turbines, with an estimated total capacity of 210MW are to be installed 8km off the Yorkshire coast. Contractors Eco Drill were appointed to lay the pipe which was butt-welded into long strings of 60m to 120m and installed using the directional drilling technique. The pipe will be used to protect electrical cables from the substations which will be located in the Burton Pidsea area of Humberside.

Radius Systems worked closely with Fusion Provida, and contractors Eco Drill to ensure the timely manufacture, delivery and installation of the pipe as it was crucial for the scheme that delays were kept to a minimum at the start of construction. Andy Rodgers, Radius Systems’ regional sales manager explained: “this is the first wind farm project we’ve been involved in with DONG Energy, but the team consisting of Radius Systems, Fusion Provida and Eco Drill have previously worked together on similar schemes. This experience has been invaluable for this project and the combination of Radius’s reputation for manufacturing and supplying high performance quality PE ducting and Fusion Provida/Eco Drill’s ability to adapt and bring solutions to the challenges faced during this installation, has been of particular benefit to this scheme.”

The offshore construction of the wind farm at Westermost Rough will begin in the first half of 2014 and is expected to be fully commissioned in the first half of 2015. Once operational, the turbines will supply electricity for around 200,000 UK households and the project will contribute to fulfil the UK’s commitment to reducing CO2 emissions and achieving its target of power generation from renewable energy schemes.

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