UK firm unveils concept design for low-emission cable-laying vessel

Photo: XLCC
Photo: XLCC

UK-based energy business XLCC has completed the concept design of a new cable-laying vessel to be powered by renewable energy.

The vessel is being developed in cooperation with Norway's Salt Ship Design. Operational aspects of the cable handling have meanwhile been studied in close collaboration with MAATS Tech and Global Marine.

XLCC has appointed V.Group to support with the technical development and construction of the vessel. V.Group's strategic collaboration is being supported by its technical services division, SeaTec, and the shipyard selection and appointment through its procurement and contracting platform, MARCAS. The tender process is now underway, with the aim to select the successful yard by the end of the second quarter of 2022.

Delivery is scheduled for the first half of 2025. The vessel will support the Morocco–UK Power Project through the delivery of four 3,800-kilometre-long subsea HVDC cables from a wind and solar generation site in Morocco to the UK.

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