Siemens to deliver final offshore transformer module for Moray East
The offshore transformer module for the Moray East offshore wind project in the fabrication yard. Image credit: Siemens Energy
The third and final offshore transformer module (OTM) will soon arrive at the site of the 950-MW Moray East wind project in Scottish waters.
The platform was due to set sail from the fabrication yard over the past weekend, equipment supplier Siemens Energy said on Friday.
The German industrial powerhouse said it has designed the OTM using a modular fabrication approach, which enables time- and cost-saving delivery, while also allowing the developer to adapt the design to the specific needs of the project.
The OTMs were manufactured and fitted out in Hoboken, Belgium, by steel construction company Smulders, infrastructure engineer Engie Solutions and Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) through its energy business.
The platforms will sit on three-legged jackets. Each weighs around 1,100 tonne, but is still significantly smaller in size and weight compared to conventional alternating current offshore wind platforms.
Once in place, the modules will transmit the power generated by 100 Moray East turbines across the 295-sq-km (113.9 sq miles) site, back to shore and into the national grid for distribution.
The Moray East offshore wind project is owned by a consortium of EDP Renovaveis SA (ELI:EDPR), Engie SA (EPA:ENGI) and Diamond Generating Europe Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp (TYO:8058).
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