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Subsea power cable installation

About the course

This technical awareness course details the cycles and phases in the installation of subsea power cables. This course will help installation contractors, engineers, project managers and oil and gas practitioners transferring to the offshore wind industry deepen their knowledge of the subject.

This course explains various installation methods using surface laying, ploughing and ROV burial, including pull into offshore structures and landfalls. The tutor will coach you in identifying and solving issues relating to subsea cable laying from case studies and worked examples.

Learning outcomes

  • Select the correct route for a cable
  • Demonstrate ways to optimise cable protection 
  • Compare a variety of installation methods
  • Use worked examples to apply lessons learned to your projects
  • Identify methods to reduce the risk of failure

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course bar chart Level Advanced
timer icon Duration 2 Days
clock Study Hours 14
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Aberdeen, Houston, London
Also available in house

Upcoming dates

calender Aberdeen
8 November 2017 - 9 November 2017
calender London
17 April 2018 - 18 April 2018

About the Tutor

David Slee
Beng (Hons)

With over 24 years’ experience in the oil, gas, telecoms and energy industries, David is knowledgeable in offshore renewables. He has been responsible for a number of “firsts” in offshore pipeline installation, telecoms and power cable burial as well as large scale technology demonstrations.

David teaches the Subsea power cable installation course.

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Day 1

Project overview

  • Typical project structure
  • Feasibility studies
  • Consenting
  • Environmental impact studies
  • Surveys
  • Route selection
  • Cable production
  • Installation
  • Post-lay activities
  • Case study – Part 1: Overview

Cable routing

  • Selection of route corridor
  • Geophysical survey
  • Route determination
  • Charting
  • Geotechnical survey
  • Burial methods
  • Burial performance prediction
  • Case study – Part 2: Routing

Cable design

  • Cable types for array
  • Export and interconnectors
  • Design qualification
  • Cable performance characteristics
  • Hauling devices and joints
  • Case study – Part 3: Design

Day 2

Cable installation

  • Pre-installation design and analysis
  • Types of vessel
  • Deck layouts and key installation equipment
  • Surface laying
  • Plough burial
  • ROV burial
  • Other types of burial
  • Rock dumping
  • Case study – Part 4: Installation

Offshore structure connection

  • Cable entry types
  • Entry protection
  • Internal cable management
  • Pull-in analysis
  • Installation equipment and methods
  • Case study – Part 5: Connections


  • Landfall selection
  • Horizontal directional drilled installation process
  • Surface lay and trenched process
  • Landfall joint bay
  • Case study – Part 6: Landfalls

  Delivered by very experienced and knowledgeable people in a way that was easy to follow using the accompanying handbook. I would recommend this course to anyone entering into Subsea power cable installation  

Mark Kinder, Technical Director, Kintech Energy Ltd

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