Rentel substation sails away for offshore installation

Wednesday, 10 January, 2018 - 17:45

The substation for the Rentel offshore wind farm is expected to sail away from the STX yard in Saint-Nazaire, France on January 12, 2018. The offshore installation is scheduled for mid-January 2018.

The 1,200 tonnes substation will collect and export the power generated by the 42 wind turbines at the 309 MW Rentel offshore wind farm, currently being constructed off the Belgian coast. The offshore installation of the substation will be carried out mid-January with Scaldis’ heavy lift crane vessel ‘Rambiz’.

A strong and reliable partnership

DEME has been working in a close partnership with STX France and General Electric which was key to the successful delivery of the substation. This project was an opportunity to demonstrate the partners’ joint capabilities in offering integrated solutions to offshore wind customers. The combination of General Electric’s extensive know-how in the field of high voltage electrical equipment, STX value-adding expertise in offshore power transmission and DEME’s leading expertise in providing tailored solutions for the offshore wind industry enabled the partners to successfully deliver this challenging project.

Last year GeoSea successfully completed the installation of the monopile foundations and transition pieces with the jack-up installation vessel ‘Innovation’, as well as the foundation for the substation. Infield and export cables have been installed by DEME’s subsidiary Tideway. Installation of the turbines by GeoSea is scheduled in Q2 2018. With their peak height of 183 meters they will be the largest wind turbines thus far in the Belgian North Sea.

The Rentel project contributes to Belgium’s leading role within offshore wind energy, the achievement of the Belgian 2020 goals, the EU climate standards and the transition to a sustainable energy supply, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear power.

The first power is expected to be injected in the Belgian grid by mid-2018.

Source: DEME Group

Similar Entries

Medfloat Pilot Parc using SATH technology (pict. Saitec)

The Spanish engineering company Saitec has announced its interest in developing a pre-commercial pilot park with 5 units and a total potential of 50MW in the Mediterranean Sea in 2025. The offshore wind turbines will use SATH technology in open sea in Girona, specifically in an area located more 15 km from Cap de Creus on the Costa Brava (Catalonia)

The jacket, which will support the offshore platform substation, was secured on the seabed using the Saipem 7000 heavy lift vessel  (pict. SSE plc)

Construction of the world’s deepest fixed bottom offshore wind farm, which is also Scotland’s largest, has reached another milestone with the installation of a jacket in preparation for the project’s offshore substation topside which is due to be installed in early 2022.

Seagreen Osprey first turbine install (pict. Cadeler)

Cadeler A/S, a key supplier within the offshore wind industry, has signed a firm contract with Siemens Gamesa to provide the transportation and installation of a total of 60 Siemens Gamesa SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines (WTGs) for the Moray West offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland. This will be the first time that these 14MW offshore wind turbines will be installed on a commercial scale.

(l to r): Austin Coughlan, Head of Temporis Aurora Fund and Director of Inis Offshore Wind;  Vanessa O’Connell, Head of Inis Offshore Wind and Aoife Galvin, Senior Offshore Project Manager, Inis Offshore Wind, who joined from ESB (pict. ReputationInc)

Temporis Investment Management (“Temporis”) has on October 11th announced the launch of Inis Offshore Wind, a new Irish renewable energy firm with plans to develop at least 1GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030. This would constitute a significant contribution to Ireland’s offshore wind targets and provide enough electricity to power over 800,000 homes.