JDR cables for French floating offshore wind farm


France – JDR will supply, test and terminate the 66kV dynamic cables for the Leucate floating wind farm, in consortium with SDI.

The consortium was awarded the contract by Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE) and Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion’s (EFGL), a consortium comprising Engie, EDP Renewables, and Caisse des Dépôts.

Leucate floating wind farm

Once completed, Leucate will be one of the largest offshore floating wind farms in France. Located off the coast of the Leucate-Le Barcarès area, the demonstration floating wind farm will feature three V164-10.0 MW wind turbines, in water depths of 65 to 80 metres.

JDR will design and manufacture the dynamic and static cables to connect the floating turbines to the shore, where they will connect to a grid at Saint-Laurent de la Salanque. SDI will undertake the overall delivery and installation of the cables provided by JDR.

JDR’s 66kV cable

JDR’s ‘wet design’ 66kV cable removes the need for a lead radial water barrier – the component most susceptible to dynamic fatigue due to the movement of a floating turbine. In addition, the specially designed breakaway system will then protect the floating platform in the unlikely event of a mooring line failure in harsh weather conditions. The cables will be manufactured at JDR’s facility in Hartlepool, UK in 2022 before being shipped to France for installation in 2022.