Ørsted now expects prices to reinstate the integrity of inter-array cables affected by cable safety points at a number of the firm’s offshore wind farms to quantity to as much as DKK 1.3 billion (round EUR 175 million) and lower than DKK 3 billion as initially anticipated.
As reported, Ørsted found the problem with Cable Safety Programs (CPSs) on the Race Financial institution wind farm off the UK throughout an inspection after an outage again in 2021.
The difficulty happens when the CPS strikes throughout the scour safety, abrading the CPS and, within the worst-case situation, inflicting cable failure, the corporate mentioned.
Other than Race Financial institution, as much as 9 different Ørsted’s offshore wind farms within the UK and Continental Europe may have probably been affected by the problem.
Within the interim report for the primary quarter of 2022, Ørsted mentioned that the outcomes for the quarter had been negatively impacted by a DKK 0.8 billion guarantee provision in direction of the corporate’s companions associated to the cable safety system points at a few of its offshore wind farms.
”In Q2 2022, we now have reversed DKK 0.5 billion of this provision, as we now count on decrease prices to reinstate the integrity of the cables. Our up to date estimate for the full prices to be coated by us is DKK 1.3 billion, down from beforehand DKK 3.0 billion,” Ørsted mentioned.
Final summer season, Ørsted’s CEO Mads Nipper instructed that the preliminary price estimates could possibly be lowered by what was described as a ”band-aid” answer which included sending divers to put covers over the cables and probably eliminating the necessity for the entire broken cables to be fastened or changed.
Ørsted didn’t present a motive or causes for this vital discount in the associated fee estimate in its interim report.