East Anglia THREE offshore converter station takes to water for first time

The offshore converter station for ScottishPower Renewables’ biggest-ever windfarm - East Anglia THREE - has taken to the water for the first time as it heads to Norway to complete construction.
East Anglia THREE offshore converter station takes to water for first time
East Anglia Three offshore converter station. Courtesy of ScottishPower Renewables.

Currently weighing in at several thousand tonnes, the seven-storey structure – which is more than 68 metres long, 34 metres wide and 44 metres high – sailed out from the Damen yard in Mangalia, Romania onboard the heavy transport vessel, Bigroll Beaufort, on Thursday 25 April.

It’s travelling more than 3,800 nautical miles to Aker Solutions’ fabrication yard in Stord, Norway where the HVDC equipment will be installed and commissioned in another first for ScottishPower Renewables.

The massive structure – which will then weigh almost 10,000 tonnes – will be transported and installed in the southern North Sea next year ahead of the windfarm’s completion in 2026.

Once operational, East Anglia THREE will be the second largest windfarm in the world, producing 1.4 GW of clean, green electricity – enough to power the equivalent of more than 1.3 million homes.

“This is a major milestone and memorable moment in our journey towards a cleaner and greener future” said Pedro Fernandez, ScottishPower Renewables’ East Anglia THREE Project Director. “It was such an impressive sight to see the converter station – the biggest ever constructed across the whole of the Iberdrola Group – set sail. Getting to this point is testament to a massive team effort from ScottishPower Renewables, Aker Solutions, Damen, Mammoet, Roll Group, Bring, DNV, ABL and Bureau Veritas and that great teamwork will continue as we move to the next phase of construction.”

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