Programme Management

Axial supported LS Cables in installing the world’s largest offshore windfarm

Client: LS Cables and Systems

Project: Hornsea Two

Location: Offshore windfarm near Grimsby

In January 2021 our client LS Cable and Systems successfully completed on shore cable installation on the Hornsea Two project, the world’s largest offshore windfarm. Under the contract, the south korean company, working for their Norwegian client Orsted, have supplied and installed 350 kilometres of onshore high-voltage cables across 39km of land. Since the pre-construction phase in April 2019 and through the entirety of the delivery phase, Axial has supported South Korean company LS Cables with planning and project controls support.

In support of our client, we established a baseline programme using Primavera P6 software and worked with the ultimate client Orsted to develop an integrated delivery programme which was inclusive of all contractors working on the project. Interfaces were developed and controlled through a series of interfacing milestones which were agreed with the through a series of workshops. Periodic programme updates were provided throughout with accompanying narratives providing comprehensive analysis of movements to the project’s critical path and key milestones. These milestones included site acceptance testing, cable jointing and terminations in support of the project commissioning. We worked closely with LS Cables throughout the project through a mixture of remote and on site working to deliver the required scope.

Axial have supported the project since its inception in 2013 when it formed part of the original Midland Mainline Upgrade programme of works before being paused in 2015 and subsequently restarting later in the same year. Since 2019 we have provided a bespoke package of planning and construction integration services which culminated in the successful commissioning. Axial’s team have now commenced support for SPL during  the planning stage for the next stage of the electrification programme Key Output 1A.

The Hornsea Project Two is located 89 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast in the UK. When operational in 2022, it will be capable of supplying electricity to well over 1.3 million homes and surpass its sister project, Hornsea Project One, as the world’s biggest offshore wind farm. the cables will ultimately carry green energy, which has been generated offshore, through to the connection point with the national grid.

Once complete in 2022, Hornsea Two will host 165 8MW offshore wind turbines, generating a total of 1.4 GW of clean energy. The offshore wind farm will have the capacity to provide electricity for well over 1.3 million homes in the UK.

“LS appreciate the professional project support from Axial and will have no hesitation in requesting your services on future projects.”

Ryan Woods, Construction Manager
– LS Cable and Systems.

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