Offshore Wind Cables: technology forecast to 2023
Authors: Eize de Vries, Sara Knight, Eric Prideaux
Published: December, 2013
Pages: 54 | Tables: 10 | Figures: 40

Based on extensive primary research this study Offshore Wind Cables: Technology Forecast to 2023 is the essential planning and strategy guide to developments within the fast growing offshore wind cables market.

This major new study identifies and profiles the technologies expected to affect the sector to 2023. The report includes exclusive 10-year market forecasts and illustrates the trends and drivers, shaping the development and penetration of disruptive technologies.


Find out about:

  • A thorough assessment of technology developments across the offshore cables supply chain to 2023
  • Key technology trends shaping industry’s future to 2023
    – Quantitative and qualitative forecasts to 2023
    – Primary and secondary research highlighting major players in the industry, market drivers and geographic trends

Who should buy this report?

  • Wind turbine manufacturers
  • Components and equipment providers
  • Wind maintenance and service companies
  • Utilities and wind developers seeking opportunities
  • Financial institutions assessing risk and opportunities
  • Consultancies specialising in wind industry

What’s included in the price?

  • A hard copy of the report
  • CD with searchable PDF
  • Global intranet licence, allowing data to be distributed throughout your organisation
  • Stay ahead of the competition by getting the latest industry figures and analysis
  • Pinpoint growth and identify factors driving change
  • Plan for the future with confidence


As offshore wind expands to meet the needs of energy-hungry countries, new doors of opportunity are opening for traditional industries. Wind farm developers are set to consume massive volumes of high-specification cable to transmit electricity to shore from wind turbines at sea. Transporting and installing these cables will need specialised vessels. Companies looking to enter this market need to understand the complex landscape ahead of them.

Many pipeline projects are being planned farther offshore, a trend that will test the industry both technologically and economically. Development of wind farms at ever-greater distances from shore is fanning innovation in both cables and the instruments that condition the electricity they carry. This innovation involves strategic choices between alternating and direct current on transmission lines, as well as advances in adapting cables to withstand the physical stresses of the marine environment.

A subsector of specialists is taking shape. At least 50 companies now have expertise in cable installation and seabed surveying, and this number is destined to grow. Shipbuilding is another active field: ships that are decades old can be adapted to the task of laying and burying cable, while new vessels are being custom built for this purpose—evidence of offshore wind’s ability to spur economic activity even in difficult times.


The WPO Intelligence database of projects was used to extract data for the graphics and tables contained in this report. We used a snapshot of the data that was taken on 29 November 2013. Any new cable supply contracts information that we became aware of after that date will not be reflected in this report.

Data were only drawn from ‘active’ projects—those that were listed in the database as being either ‘in progress’ or ‘online’ (388 in total). We excluded projects that had either been inactive for a long time (classified as being ‘dormant/on hold’ in the database) or were recorded as having been cancelled by the relevant developer. Of the 388 active projects, WPO Intelligence holds cable type information for 237.

Cable demand forecasts were based on data held in the WPO Intelligence database for the shorter term and recent BTM Consult forecasts for the longer term.

Companies already using our services to inform their business plans:
Order Now

To download this document and receive further information from us about ENDS Intelligence reports, please complete your contact details.

First Name*
Last Name*

From time to time Haymarket Media Group will allow carefully selected third parties to contact you about their products and services.

Please indicate below your preferences for such communications.

Please tick here if you want to receive carefully screened work-related emails from third parties
Please tick here if you do not want to receive relevant work-related direct mail from third parties

By clicking on "Download" you confirm that you agree to our terms and conditions statement.

Haymarket Media Group is committed to reserving your right of privacy. Haymarket is registered under, and will process your data, in accordance with the Data Protection Act. See our Summary of privacy and information policy
Order Received

Thank you for submitting your details. Our sales team will contact you to complete your order.