Nordic Yards has undocked the offshore platform BorWin beta

Thursday, 8 August, 2013 - 10:15
Photo: Nordic Yards

Nordic Yards has undocked the transformer platform BorWin beta. The offshore platform will now convert electricity from wind farms in the German North Sea to direct current and route it to the mainland. A few finishing tasks will be completed by the end of August, then the platform will be pulled by tug boats to its installation location 125 km off the German coast.

The topside, currently located at the quay in Warnemünde, will be installed on a foundation that has already been prepared for it in the North Sea. The legs of the platform, which are currently pointing upwards, will be guided into the foundation and secured. Subsequently, the entire platform will rise out of the water on its own legs and will then stand 20 m above the water level. A station for high-voltage direct current (HVDC) that can handle up to 800 MW is installed on the platform.

When BorWin beta is undocked, SylWin alpha will be visible, which is the third platform under construction at Nordic Yards. The topside alone is the size of an 11-story building and is being assembled on a special substructure in the dock. Construction of the fourth transformer platform, DolWin gamma, will begin next year.

Katharina Garus

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Nordic Yards has begun construction work on the offshore converter station DolWin gamma at the shipyard in Warnemünde. (Photo: Nordic Yards)

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