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Day 1 - SPC 2018
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08:00 - 09:00 60 mins
Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:00 - 09:10 10 mins
Chairman's Welcome and Quick Fire Exchange
  • Alex Gauntt - Commercial Director, Irish Sea Contractors

Introduce yourself and learn about your fellow attendees.

Share your personal objectives for the seminar – what do you want to leave the seminar with?

09:10 - 09:40 30 mins
Review of the Subsea Cable Landscape
  • Mark Adeosun - Analyst, Westwood Global Energy Group
  • Regional updates – UK, Europe and RoW
  • Where are the next opportunities for cable projects in Europe?  Internationally?
  • Review of cable installation vessel trends and activities
  • Supply vs. demand
  • Key trends and drivers influencing the sector
  • Market outlook to 2020 and beyond
09:40 - 10:10 30 mins
Floating Offshore Wind: Market Update and Cabling Challenges
  • Rhodri James - Manager - Policy & Innovation, The Carbon Trust
  • Overview of global projects under development
  • Cabling requirements for floating wind farms
  • Key challenges and innovation needs
  • HV dynamic cable competition under the Floating Wind Joint Industry Project
10:10 - 10:40 30 mins
The UK OFTO Regime
  • Katherine Taaffe - Senior Manager, Network Infrastructure Assessment, OFGEM
  • An overview of the UK offshore regime.
  • A description of the UK OFTO Regime and a brief history (some maps and stats)
  • What’s on the horizon – changes to regime, future projects including interconnectors
  • Ofgem’s role in the assessment of the transmission asset
  • Where cost assessment fits into the process – our responsibilities and outputs
  • How we use cost benchmarking – brief description of the cost categories we benchmark and the cost drivers we use.
  • Example issues we’ve encountered – Brief mention of some issues that could affect cables affect cables (spare cable, forex/hedging)
10:40 - 11:10 30 mins
Networking Refreshment Break
11:10 - 11:40 30 mins
Insuring and Managing Risks of Cable Projects
  • Andrew Norris - Senior Engineering Underwriter , SwissRe
  • What are the risks?
  • Analysing and modelling the risks
  • Balancing risk
  • Considerations from an insurer’s perspective – what are the challenges?
11:40 - 12:10 30 mins
Best Practice in Administering Contractual Entitlement
  • Richard Booth - Senior Associate, HFW
  • Does it matter if I don't have an instruction for a variation?
  • Can notice provisions be ignored without jeopardising time and/or cost entitlement?
  • Strategic thoughts on dispute resolution for subsea cable disputes
12:10 - 12:40 30 mins
Appropriateness of Engineering
  • Robbie Blakeman - Director, Osbit Ltd
12:40 - 12:50 10 mins
Open Q&A

Your opportunity to ask questions and share your experiences and observations.

12:50 - 14:00 70 mins
Networking Lunch
14:00 - 14:30 30 mins
Distribute Temperature and Strain Sensing: A Powerful Tool to Reduce Installation Risks and to Optimise Subsea Power Cable Operation?
  • Etienne Rochat - CTO , Omnisens
  • Principles of distributed fibre optic sensing
  • What can be measured and why
  • Case studies featuring temperature and real time thermal rating
  • What’s next
14:30 - 15:00 30 mins
Cable Route Engineering & Optimisation – New Technologies & Innovations
  • Stuart Turl - Project Manager - Business Development, Wood

Wood Plc have provided subsea cable route engineering services on a number of offshore wind and interconnector projects and have implemented GIS technologies and routing innovations which have reduced risk and brought significant cost savings to asset owners and installation contractors.

One of these innovations is the development of custom routing tools which have allowed the detailed routing and analysis of cables to be carried out quickly and effectively, whilst carefully considering the installation constraints, seabed geomorphology and seabed obstructions and hazards. Case studies from two north sea projects are presented, one demonstrates how Woods detailed routing tools facilitated a reduction in the UXO investigation scope by ~50%, and another, where a boulder clearance scope was optimised by careful planning of suitable clearance tools per route section.

Wood Plc has also developed WebGIS technologies which are being used on major offshore projects to share design, survey and real-time installation information to all interested parties. The technology has huge potential for the subsea cables industry and some of the many possible applications are presented.

15:00 - 15:30 30 mins
Cable Route Survey – Optimizing Scope, Resolution and Performance
  • Phil Wilson - Senior Sales Manager, MMT
  • Survey scope, design & specification – what constraints need to be mapped and how can this be best achieved
  • Requirements for and integration of a multi-discipline approach
  • Achieving real-time route decision making and development
  • Advances in route surveying tools and techniques – better quality, higher speed, optimal performance
  • UXO risk management process
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins
Afternoon Break and Networking
16:00 - 16:30 30 mins
Latest Developments in Interconnectors
  • Angelika Grohmann-Wörle - Large Offshore Projects, TenneT Offshore GmbH
  • Review of current interconnector projects and future opportunities
  • Role of interconnectors in Europe’s electricity supply
  • Challenges and complexities of interconnector development
16:30 - 17:15 45 mins
Roundtable Sessions
  • Richard Booth - Senior Associate, HFW
  • John Davies - Director, Seabed Intervention, Helix Canyon Offshore
  • Etienne Rochat - CTO , Omnisens
  • Alex Gauntt - Commercial Director, Irish Sea Contractors

Join one of the discussion groups to explore in more depth key issues of interest to you.

  • Contracting Strategies moderated by Richard Booth, Senior Associate, HFW
  • Protect or Replace? Risks and Rewards of Various Cable Protection Strategies moderated by John Davies, Director - Seabed Intervention, Helix Canyon Offshore
  • Monitoring Strategies moderated by Etienne Rochat, Chief Technology Officer, OMNISENS
  • Cable Maintenance and Repair moderated by Alex Gauntt, Commercial Director, Irish Sea Contractors
17:15 - 17:45 30 mins
Presentation from Irish Sea Contractors
  • Alex Gauntt - Commercial Director, Irish Sea Contractors
17:45 - 19:15 90 mins
Networking Drinks Reception sponsored by Irish Sea Contractors