ABB to help connect Hornsea 2 under USD-150m contract

Hornsea Project Two. Source: ABB (new.abb.com)

July 11 (Renewables Now) - Swiss power and automation group ABB (VTX:ABBN) said today it has secured more than USD 150 million (EUR 128m) in orders from Ørsted (CPH:ORSTED) to help integrate the Danish energy group's 1.4-GW Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm to the UK grid.

ABB will supply a range of technologies, including its Static Var Compensation (SVC) Light technology with ABB Ability MACH control systems, high voltage gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), transformers, reactors and harmonic filters.

The company said the orders, booked in the second quarter of 2018, represent the first tranche of a global five-year frame agreement for the provision of electrical and automation equipment for offshore and onshore wind power connection and grid integration.

ABB's scope on Hornsea Project Two, which is set to become the world's largest offshore wind farm, also includes the engineering, supply, project management and commissioning of the digital control and protection systems for the onshore substation and the two offshore platform substations.

The power flow from Hornsea Project Two will be protected and controlled by the largest Static Compensation (STATCOM) system ever built in the offshore wind space and the ABB Ability MACH control, protection and monitoring system is the brain of the STATCOM, ABB explained.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.854)  

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