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First Subsea has supplied cable connectors to the Fukushima floating pilot offshore wind farm project in Japan. The connectors are being used to connect 66kV and 22kV cables to a 2MW wind turbine and floating substation.
Three First Subsea cable connectors have been deployed on the Fukushima wind farm. The diverless cable connection provided savings in vessel time, and greater installation flexibility to cope with changes in weather conditions offshore. The First Subsea cable connector has a self-activating mechanism allowing ROVless and diverless deployment offshore. The male connectors are guided into receptacles on the wind turbine and substation and, once engaged, cannot be released until the load has been removed. A simple disengage mechanism allows the connector to be released and recovered for re-use.
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