Cables and Pipelines

To make informed decisions, pipeline and cable planners and managers need information on: the state of the seabed and related sediment mobility; the constraints posed by natural and anthropogenic features and the regulatory framework within which marine consents are granted.

ABPmer provides a complete package of support to route planners and managers to satisfy statutory consenting requirements and the lifetime management of the asset. We are leaders in marine impact design and our GIS team are practiced in routing studies for cables and pipelines. We are industry recognised specialists in physical process understanding and assessment with technical expertise in modeling, data management and real world interpretation.

Key services:

  • Routing studies
  • Environmental statements
  • Cable Landfall Assessments
  • Due diligence
  • Advice and mitigation

Selected project experience:

Ongoing Cumbria Coast Grid Connection - SLR Consulting on behalf of National Grid

ABPmer is currently assessing potential marine route corridors as part of a wider review of how to connect the proposed new nuclear power stations on the west coast of Cumbria to the existing high voltage transmission system. Upgrade of the electricity grid in the region is required to accommodate links from new power stations and windfarms. The study has involved collating marine GIS data to inform the review and assessing the marine environmental constraints of providing potential connections across Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary. ABPmer will also provide advice and support on consultations with key environmental stakeholders.

Shetland HVDC link Coastal Impact Assessment - Entec for Scottish and Southern Energy

ABPmer was commissioned by Entec on behalf of Scottish and Southern Energy to evaluate a proposed Shetland HVDC cable route and landfall in the Spey Bay area of the Moray Firth. The study comprised a desk based assessment of baseline coastal, hydrodynamic and sedimentary processes, and seabed mobility. The work allowed us to address particular concerns that Scottish Natural Heritage held in relation to the potential impacts of installing the cable landfall on the beach, adjacent hinterland and features of the SSSI at the site. Additional concerns that the cables might sustain damage as a result of nearshore sediment mobility and coastal erosion were addressed by means of a high level assessment of seabed mobility along the proposed cable route. The project also provided guidance on the most appropriate method of cable installation and the preferred location for land based infrastructure.

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Land and Marine

Sub-Aqua pipeline and cables

Alison Houghton
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