CCG was recently awarded the contract to supply one of the largest offshore wind farm projects currently under construction. Situated 27 km off the coast of Scotland in the North Sea, the £3 billion Seagreen project, which is a joint venture between SSE and TOTAL Energy, will have 114 wind turbines with a combined rating of at 1075 mW and will supply enough renewable energy for the equivalent of a million Scottish homes.
Bidding against strong well-known British manufacturers, CCG was selected for installation on both the offshore and onshore HVAC substations and related infrastructure based on its strong technical design and comprehensive certification of its products.
The project engineering design team placed importance on a range of cable glands that could demonstrate tested proven performance to all the required electrical properties such as equipotential bonding, protective connection to earth, electrical current withstand tests of up to 43 kA and glands that were tested for compatibility with EMC rated cable and equipment. Whilst the majority of these requirements were covered by CCG’s existing BS EN 62444 certification, CCG rose to the challenge and through its UK based R&D facility conducted additional electrical current and EMC testing at specialised offshore and high voltage testing centres in the UK and Holland.
In addition, the project specifications called for glands and junction boxes that would perform over the project's lifespan of 30 years. The North Sea is renowned for its adverse weather conditions with high winds, heavy rain and rough seas. CCG’s products could demonstrate testing and certification to various offshore industry standards and specifications such as Shell Oil’s DTS-01 – deluge, IEC 60529 – IP68 (to an unmatched depth of 850 m), marine corrosion resistance tests to ASTM B117-11 and BS EN ISO 3231 and marine certification to DNV GL, ABS and NK.
The installation contractor was also impressed with the Captive Component Gland® design, which means that installers working in the difficult offshore conditions can install the glands with the confidence that they would not lose cable gland components, giving true built-in safetyTM.
Being a South African manufacturer, CCG is once again honoured to have been chosen for yet another prestigious international project, thus demonstrating that South African industry can compete in the highly competitive international market.
The demands of these international projects and the ever-changing international developments in technology and standards requires that CCG remains at the forefront of R&D, testing and certification.
This continuous strive for product design, testing and certification has also resulted in CCG recently attaining certification to the United Kingdom’s new UKCA standards as well as updated UL and CSA certification for the North American Market.
From the basic industrial BW gland to the award-winning explosion-proof Injection Resin Barrier Gland®, CCG can confidently claim that the tested proven performance of CCG products exceeds all others on the South African market.