ABB awarded contract for export cable of Rentel offshore wind farm

Friday, 8 April, 2016 - 10:00
Export cable installation by ABB AB: Rentel has selected ABB to produce and install the export cable for the planned offshore wind farm off the Belgian coast. (Photo: ABB)
Export cable installation by ABB AB: Rentel has selected ABB to produce and install the export cable for the planned offshore wind farm off the Belgian coast. (Photo: ABB)

After a European tender procedure Rentel has awarded the contract for the export cable of the planned Belgian offshore wind farm to the Swedish company ABB AB.

Power and automation technology group ABB AB will design, produce and install the approximately 40 km long cable connecting the offshore substation of Rentel wind farm to the onshore grid. The cable installation shall be performed by ABBs new-built vessel. The offshore wind farm is located approximately 34 km from Zeebrugge and approximately 40 km from Oostende at the Belgian coast.

By awarding the contract for the export cable, Rentel sets another step towards the realisation of the fourth Belgian offshore windfarm. Recently the contract for the offshore substation has been awarded to STX France SA. Contracts for the supply and installation of the 42 wind turbines and foundations are set to be finalised shortly. Siemens is the preferred supplier for the wind turbines.

The offshore wind farm Rentel will have an installed capacity of 309 MW. The expected annual production of more than 1 GWh corresponds to the annual consumption of 288,000 households. The investment is estimated at € 1,250 million. Rentel aims to complete its project financing by the summer of 2016 in order to immediately start the construction works. The new wind farm will supply renewable energy as from mid-2018.

Silke Funke / Rentel

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