The Northwind wind farm, previously named “Eldepasco”, will have an installed production capacity of 216 MW. The connection between the Offshore High Voltage Substation (OHVS) and the onshore grid connection will be realised with a 220 kV submarine export cable. Eventually, the Northwind wind farm will be connected to the future 165 MW Belwind 2 wind farm, which is also situated in front of the Belgian coast. For this connection, a second 220 kV subsea cable with a length of approximately 10 km will be installed.
CG’s scope in this project would be to design and supply the high voltage installation including all necessary measures to comply with ELIA (Belgian Transmission System Operator) grid connection requirements. This comprises mainly the Offshore High Voltage Substation (OHVS) and the onshore location including all auxiliary systems to ensure proper functioning of the HV installation. In addition to this engineering study for grid compliance and connection, CG will also provide the main transformer 225/33 kV 275 MVA and two reactors of 33 kV 65 MVAr for reactive power compensation.
The mechanical construction of the offshore platform takes place in Aalborg Denmark on the construction site of Bladt Industries. Then the platform is shipped to Belgium for its final destination on a monopole foundation. Energisation of the offshore substation is expected September 2013.
This contract is the fifth contract for CG, following the earlier Belwind fase 1, EON Amrumbank West, WPD Butendiek and EON Humber Gateway contracts. This contract also marks CG’s growing expertise and experience in the developing offshore wind market in Europe and creates substantial pull through benefits and valued references for other supporting products of CG.
The picture shows the project team at its first project kick-off meeting in Mechelen. The team has participants from CG, “ENSOL” (the owners engineer), “SEMCO Marine” (the engineering partner of main contractor “BLADT Industries” in Denmark, and “COLRUYT” (the main shareholder in the Northwind project) .