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08:30 09:00 (30 mins)

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Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 09:20 (20 mins)

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Chairman's Welcome and Quick Fire Exchange

Introduce yourself and learn about your fellow attendees.

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

  • Alex Gauntt - Business Development Manager , Siem Offshore Contractors

09:20 09:50 (30 mins)

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Review of the Subsea Cable Landscape

  • 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
  • Mark Adeosun - Analyst, Westwood Global Energy Group

09:50 10:20 (30 mins)

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Subsea Power Cables: A Financier's Perspective

  • Considerations for lenders
  • Risk vs. reward
  • Review of the various financing structures/options
  • Impact of outage on lenders
  • What will the future trend in financing look like?

10:20 10:50 (30 mins)

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2017 FIDIC Yellow Book Update

The FIDIC Yellow book contract for Plant Design and Build has become the basis for most of the UK's offshore cabling works.  It forms the core of contracts entered into by leading developers. This year sees a new version of this contract, which almost doubles its size and substantially changes the provisions in respect of:

  • the variation procedure
  • the role of the Engineer
  • the treatment of extensions of time, and
  • compliance with 'time bars'

Delegates will be walked through the main changes to the new forms of contract, and consider how these revisions may be imposed in contracts to be let in future. Pitfalls and opportunities will be highlighted and practical examples will be used throughout to give delegates a useful introduction to these contract forms.

  • Robert Blundell - Senior Legal Counsel - North Europe, Nordex Acciona Wind Power

10:50 11:20 (30 mins)

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Networking Refreshment Break

11:20 11:50 (30 mins)

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The Role of the MMO in Offshore Wind Farm Project Consenting

  • The Marine Management Organisation’s role in a wind farm licence application
  • Deemed marine licences and post-consent enforcement
  • Operation and maintenance licences
  • Alan Gibson - Marine Licensing Manager, Marine Management Organisation
  • Laura Opel - Marine Licensing Manager, Marine Management Organisation

11:50 12:20 (30 mins)

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Understanding the Decision Making Process of Cable System Selection

  • Which cable and why?
  • What needs to be considered in the decision making process
  • Applications, benefits and drawbacks of particular cables
  • HVAC vs HVDC
  • Alex Neal - Electrical Power Engineering, Uniper Technologies

12:20 13:00 (40 mins)

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Survey Panel – Survey is Key!

A panel of leading survey experts discuss the latest survey technology and why survey data is critical for the lifecycle of the project inputting into its planning, installation and decommissioning.

Additional panelists under invitation

  • Andrew McMurtrie - Managing Director, iSURVEY Offshore Ltd

13:00 14:00 (60 mins)

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Networking Lunch

14:00 14:30 (30 mins)

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Gwynt y Môr Case Study: Cable Installation on a Large Offshore Windfarm

  • Understanding the GYM site and its challenges
  • Cable burial in hard sediments and difficult terrain
  • Survey and route inspection techniques used
  • UXO mitigation strategies
  • Lessons learned
  • Justin Hawkins - Principal Consultant, Pelagian Ltd

14:30 15:00 (30 mins)

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INTERACTIVE SESSION: Routing Roundtables

Delegates work in groups on specific tasks set down by the previous speaker on cable routing considerations.

15:00 15:30 (30 mins)

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72 kV Wet-Design Dynamic Power Cables for Floating Offshore Wind

This presentation describes how deeper water applications and higher power generation will impact future offshore wind cable design. Also covered will be the latest test results from full-scale accelerated wet-ageing of innovative 66 kV (72 kV max) cables in saline water conditions, and in particular how wet-design cables at both conventional medium voltage levels and also at next generation 72 kV can benefit floating offshore wind with larger offshore wind turbine power generators.

  • Mark Stanley - Principal Engineer Cables , JDR Cable Systems Ltd

15:30 15:50 (20 mins)

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Afternoon Break and Networking

15:50 16:20 (30 mins)

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Innovations in Subsea Power Cable Options

  • New cable trends
  • Innovative cable concepts to meet the needs of next generation projects
  • Cost optimisation in new designs

16:20 16:50 (30 mins)

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Panel Session: Interconnectors – the Next Step for Cables

Some of Europe's leading asset owners will provide insights into the future in transnational grid solutions:

  • Transnational grid solutions
  • Understanding the challenges in projects planning and implementation
  • The benefits of linking grids
  • John Sinclair - Development Director - Power Transmission & Distribution, Balfour Beatty Investments

16:50 17:30 (40 mins)

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Interactive Roundtable Sessions

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

  1. Risk-loading of contracts: diminishing returns or viable strategy?
  2. Protect or replace? Risks and rewards of various cable protection strategies
  3. Keeping an eye on things: monitoring strategies and their limitations
  4. Proudly made in [insert country]: why local content requirements are potentially harming the industry

17:30 17:40 (10 mins)

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Day 1 Wrap-Up

17:30 18:30 (60 mins)

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Networking Drinks Reception