March 8 (SeeNews) - Shipbuilder STX France yesterday announced its Offshore Energy business has been awarded a contract for the construction of the 309-MW Rentel offshore substation, to be installed some 32 km off the Belgian coast.
Under the contract, STX France will perform the design, offshore installation and commissioning of the monopile type foundation (approximately 1600 tonnes) and the substation topside (about 1,200 tonnes) including high voltage electrical equipment.
Design activities have already started, and construction is expected to start from the fourth quarter of 2016 onwards. Delivery is scheduled for 2018.
Rentel is a 300-MW offshore wind concession in the Belgian North Sea. Developer Rentel NV was founded by a consortium of eight Belgian shareholders with a significant track record in offshore wind who joined forces to develop, finance and operate the offshore wind project.
Last year, the Belgian company chose Siemens NV as its preferred bidder for the supply and installation of 42 of its offshore wind turbines, involving a 15-year maintenance agreement as well.