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GE wins substation contract for offshore wind farm off Scotland

  • 1 year, 10 months ago (2020-01-17)
  • David Flin
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GE Renewable Energy ’s Grid Solutions business has been awarded a project for the design, supply, construction, and commissioning of onshore and offshore wind substations for the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm, 12 miles off the Fife coast in Scotland.

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The offshore wind farm project is jointly owned by EDF Renewables and ESB . GE is responsible for the turnkey delivery of all infrastructure within the perimeter, including ground works and civil construction. NnG is expected to be fully operational in 2023.

Neart na Gaoithe (which translates as “Strength of the Wind”) will help both the Scottish and UK Governments meet carbon emission reduction targets. The 400/220 kV onshore wind substation will be built of a greenfield site.

The project’s onshore and offshore synchronous equipment includes four power transformers, four reactors, the static synchronous compensator, power quality components, and gas-insulated switchgear – at 66kV, 220kV, and 400kV – as well as protection and control, SCADA, and telecommunication systems. This solution will allow for 450MW to be connected to the Scottish electricity grid.

GE is collaborating with HSM Offshore BV in the Netherlands and IV-One in a consortium arrangement. HSM will provide the offshore topside platform designed by IV-One, that will house GE’s 220Kv and 66kV substations.