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RFP for PacWave Subsea Cable Supply and Install


OSU is seeking proposals from qualified, experienced firms for the manufacture, delivery, and installation of the subsea power and data cable with dry mate connector system for PacWave South (located south of Newport, Oregon, USA), and as further described in the RFP.

PacWave South will be located on the outer continental shelf in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) off the Oregon coast. It will feature four pre-permitted, offshore test berths in up to 260 feet (80 m) of water. Each berth will be equipped with a dedicated subsea power cable for transmission of electric power from the berth to a shore-based facility. At full capacity, PacWave South will have the potential to generate up to 20 megawatts of power, which will be transferred to the local electrical system. A fifth, auxiliary subsea cable will provide power and fiber optic data connectivity. The total length of 36 kV, 5 megawatt-rated subsea cables to be purchased and installed is approximately 62 miles (100 km).

The primary purpose of PacWave South is to facilitate the testing of full-scale devices, with the generation and transmittal of power to the grid being of secondary importance. PacWave will be the nation’s first grid-connected, pre-permitted wave energy test facility. PacWave is supported by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (under the Water Power Program Award Number DE-EE0007899), the State of Oregon and other public and private entities. PacWave will support the development of new, clean, renewable energy technologies and provide future power for local needs.

The proposing firm may sub-contract as necessary to ensure a comprehensive team. OSU may update the sample Contract to reflect the selected proposer’s use of subcontractors.

OSU is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer.