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Global Marine Systems Limited has begun subsea cable installation work on the Beatrice Wind Farm Demonstrator Project (Beatrice Project), a flagship project for offshore wind energy development.

The initial project will use two wind turbines 25km off the east coast of Scotland to test the viability of the Beatrice Oil Field as a future site for a commercial deep water wind farm. Using its Cable Ship Sovereign, Global Marine will install two main cables, each comprising a power and fibre optic cable, to connect the two 5MW turbines to Talisman’s Beatrice Alpha oil platform. The cable installation will enable Talisman to power Beatrice Alpha using energy generated from the turbines and also remotely control and monitor certain aspects of the turbines’ performance from the oil platform, such as altering blade pitch and sending back turbine performance data for analysis.