Managing cable congestion for the world’s largest offshore wind farm

By Michelle Froese The world’s largest working offshore wind farm, occupying an area of 55 square miles (145 sq km), opened in the Irish Sea off Barrow-in-Furness in the North West of England in September. HR Wallingford has been helping Danish operator, Ørsted, to build stable cable crossings for their new Walney Extension wind farm, on what is becoming an increasingly congested seabed.
The UK has one of the largest offshore wind farm estates in the world. The most recently constructed wind farms are experiencing a congested seabed, thanks to a complex network of existing cables and pipelines. To overcome these obstacles, it is

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