ABB gets transformers order for 950-MW Moray East offshore wind project

MHI Vestas' V164 turbine. Image courtesy of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

June 26 (Renewables Now) - Swiss group ABB Ltd (SWX:ABBN) has won a power transformer supply contract from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, which manufactures the turbines for the 950-MW Moray East offshore wind farm in Scottish waters.

ABB said today it will deliver 100 units of the WindSTAR transformers for installation in MHI Vestas’ 9.5-MW wind turbines as part of the particular project in the North Sea. The transformers will be manufactured at ABB’s factory in Vaasa, Finland.

The Swiss group explained that the WindSTAR transformers can fit inside wind turbines and withstand strong vibrations, sudden movements and variable electrical loading.

The Moray East project was awarded a contract for difference (CfD) at GBP 57.50 (USD 72.9/EUR 64.2) per MWh. In February 2019, it signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with UK energy company Centrica PLC (LON:CNA).

EDP Renovaveis SA (ELI:EDPR) is leading the project with a 33.3% stake. Engie SA (EPA:ENGI) has 23.3% and Diamond Green Ltd holds 33.4%. The remaining 10% are held by China Three Gorges (UK) Limited.

(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.268/EUR 1.116)

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