LOC wins surveying contract for Belgian offshore grid project

Plan of the MOG. Source: Elia (www.elia.be)

April 16 (Renewables Now) - Marine and engineering consultancy LOC Group said today it has secured a contract to provide marine warranty survey (MWS) services for the Modular Offshore Grid (MOG) project of Belgian transmission system operator Elia.

The contract has been awarded to the Paris office of LOC Renewables, which will provide support during the construction and installation of the offshore switchyard (OSY) platform and the submarine cables that will serve it. The MOG project off the Belgian coast will connect four wind farms -- Rentel, Northwester 2, Mermaid and SeaStar. It could also provide an initial foundation for the development of a North Sea grid, LOC said.

The consultancy started work under the contract in January 2018 and will continue in 2020. Construction of the OSY platform kicked off in 2018, while initial work on installing the submarine cable connections will begin in 2019.

Elia said in March that it had awarded all main construction contracts for the project, following final investment decision in April 2017. The project is expected to start operations by the end of September 2019 and to be fully up and running in 2020.  

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