Substations in place for Belgium's SeaMade offshore wind complex
Image by: DEME (www.deme-group.com).
The two offshore substations for the 487-MW SeaMade cluster of wind projects in the Belgian North Sea are already in place.
This was announced on Thursday by Belgian dredging company DEME, which is tasked with the installation of 58 foundations and all inter-array cables, two offshore substations and a 220-kV high-voltage cable for the projects.
Each of the two 1,200-tonne substations will convert the electricity from the wind farms to 225 kV. The power will be exported to shore via the Modular Offshore Grid, developed by Belgian transmission system operator Elia.
The SeaMade complex will feature 58 units of 8.4-MW turbines to be spread between two offshore wind parks previously known as the 235-MW Mermaid and the 252-MW Seastar. All foundations are already in place and the installation of turbines and inter-array cables is scheduled to begin this spring.
SeaMade is being developed by the SeaMade NV joint venture, which is 70%-held by Otary RS. Engie Electrabel and Eneco Wind Belgium hold 17.5% and 12.5%, respectively. The power complex is planned to go live this autumn.
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