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14th Sep. 2011
CG wins contract for large offshore wind farm electrical substation

Press release
Mechelen, September 14th  2011


WPD WINDFARM BELGIUM BVBA, has awarded CG with the development of the design, delivery and installation of the high voltage offshore substation for the Butendiek project.


Butendiek is a 288 MW (80 turbines of 3,6MW) German offshore wind farm project to be installed in the North Sea. The design and manufacturing will take place during 2012 and the installation is planned for 2013


CG will design, engineer and supply the offshore high voltage substation. CG will deliver and integrate all critical power equipments to connect the 33kV and 155kV networks (power transformers, high voltage and medium voltage switchgear as well as the auxiliary reactors and transformers).


CG connecting technology has been chosen for its high reliability, high performance and cost effectiveness. In fact CG has developed an innovative AC/AC connection link for offshore wind farm. This technology already used in other platforms on the North Sea (Belwind wind farm) has minimal weight, hence lower costs and is designed for optimal and minimal maintenance compared with traditional high voltage AC or DC solutions.


The offshore wind business is expected to grow from the 1.5 GW in 2010 to 25 GW by 2015 globally in which Europe will take the major contribution. Innovative wind turbines, grid connections and foundations will make this business more competitive to deliver a vast portion of renewable energy for 2020 and beyond.


"This is a great success for the CG team and its partners. The unique CG technology for offshore wind farm connection is now being recognized. We are quite confident in the fact that CG connecting solutions will soon become a standard of the offshore wind industry..."   said Laurent Demortier, CEO & Managing Director of CG.


About CG

CG (Crompton Greaves Limited), part of the Avantha Group, is a pioneering and global leader in the management and application of electrical energy. CG is active in the Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (T&D), Industrial and Consumer Markets segments.  Nearly, two-thirds of its turnover accrues from product lines in which it enjoys a leadership position.  For more information on CG, please visit: www.cgglobal.com


For further information, please contact :

Dr. Jan Declercq  
Chief Business Development Officer
Antwerpsesteenweg 167  
2800 Mechelen, Belgium  
+32 15 283 240  

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