ABB wins contract to connect Belgian offshore wind farm to the grid

Global technology company ABB has won an $80 million contract from Rentel NV to deliver an advanced cable system connecting a Belgian offshore wind farm to the grid
ABB wins contract to connect Belgian offshore wind farm to the grid

The 40 kilometre cable will connect the wind farm’s substation to the mainland near Zeebrugge. It will be an extruded three-core 220-kilovolt alternating current (AC) submarine cable system designed, manufactured and installed by ABB with a transmission capacity of around 300 MW. The energy transmitted to the shore from the windfarm will contribute to a green power supply in Belgium capable of providing enough electricity to supply 280,000 households. The company will install the cable system via a new state-of-the-art vessel and will be commissioned in 2018.

The project will play a significant role in meeting Belgium’s environmental objectives for 2020, specifically to increase the share of renewable electricity to 13 percent of total energy production.

“The Rentel windfarm cable link will help bring clean wind power to the people of Belgium” said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s Power Grids division. “It is another example of ABB technologies that enable the integration of renewable energy and lower the environmental impact, which is an integral element of the company’s Next Level strategy.”

ABB is a global leader in high-voltage cable systems across numerous applications and has commissioned hundreds of such links around the world, including Burbo Bank and Walney offshore wind farms in the Irish Sea, Kriegers Flak in the Baltic Sea and Nordegründe in the North Sea.

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