Representatives from submarine cable and UK offshore wind industries, together with regulatory bodies, have issued guidance on the proximity of submarine cables to offshore wind farms.
The guidance provides a framework for collaborative working between the industries for mutual benefit, particularly in response to significant increases in offshore wind development activity.
The publication represents the culmination of 18 months’ technical work between a group including Subsea Cables UK, RenewableUK, Renewable Energy Association, wind farm developers and The Crown Estate.
Key recommendations made include the need for early inter-company discussions where planned projects are within a distance of one nautical mile of each other.
The guideline recommends that consultation between projects/developers is essential and the principles of the guidance should apply to establish a mutually acceptable proximity agreement based on a site-specific, risk-based approach. An indicative proximity spacing of 750m can be used as a starting point for discussion.
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