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PMSS America Inc., a division of renewable energy consulting firm TUV SUD PMSS, has been selected to provide strategic guidance to the U.S. government on cable spacing for U.S. offshore wind projects.

Supported by U.K.-based submarine cable specialist Red Penguin Associates Ltd., PMSS America will advise the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

PMSS says that, with a number of U.S. offshore wind initiatives already under development and progressing to financial close, North American regulatory authorities require a clear understanding of the regulatory and environmental parameters associated with the installation and use of offshore transmission and collection system cables.

Under the terms of the deal, PMSS will draw upon the technical experience of Red Penguin Associates and work directly with developers and regulators to research and identify best practices for U.S. offshore wind submarine cable spacing guidance. The effort will form the basis of a report that the DOI will reference to determine and assess the best-possible cable spacing for transmission and inter-array connectors.

“Subsea cable installation in offshore wind has, at times, been a lightning rod for spiraling costs and unexpected delays - creating uncertainty for prospective financiers and investors,” says Sebastian Chivers, senior vice president of TUV SUD PMSS.

“The U.S. offshore wind market must avoid making these expensive mistakes, and as we work directly with U.S. government and regulatory bodies, the effective implementation of a best practice guide will share key lessons and experiences that have proved pivotal to past project success.”




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