XLCC will provide a number of different services that will help to provide the connectivity required for renewable power to meet future global energy needs. These include:
As a new entrant to the market, XLCC will produce XLPE (Cross-linked Polyethylene) coated HVDC subsea cable for use in interconnector projects, where electricity is moved between countries, and for export cables to bring power back to the shore from offshore wind farms. Cable testing and certification will take place in 2023 and 2024, with the first cable lengths being produced from 2025 ready for deployment to client projects.
XLCC is investing in a state-of-the-art Cable Laying Vessel (CLV). In addition to being one of the largest CLVs in the world, the new vessel has been designed to manage all aspects of cable handling – from protecting the quality and integrity of the cable during export from the factory, through to the installation location on the seabed. The CLV will have the capability to deploy the cables individually or in a bundled pair configuration.
XLCC will also provide clients with services that enhance the protection of the subsea cables on the seabed. Various techniques including high pressure trenching, mechanical cutting and rock placement can be provided shortly after the cable has been laid on the sea floor using a separate, dedicated vessel.
Subsea cables exist in an environment where access isn’t always easy and cable repairs can become necessary for multiple reasons including damage caused by ship anchors, fishing activity or environmental factors. XLCC will be capable of providing customers with cable repairs in the event of a cable failure or during periods of preventative maintenance.