Transformer station installed at Hollandse Kust (zuid)
The offshore transformer station of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) Alpha platform has been successfully installed on the jacket in the North Sea, about 20 kilometers off the coast of The Hague, on Sunday December 26th 2021.
The transformer station, also called topside, is one of the two topsides of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) offshore grid, which will connect the offshore wind farm area with the same name to the Dutch onshore high-voltage grid.
Marco Kuijpers, Director of Large Projects Offshore: “With the installation of the Alpha topside, the offshore grid that TenneT is building in the North Sea is starting to take shape. Hollandse Kust (zuid) Alpha is the first connection of an offshore wind farm to the Maasvlakte, with a capacity of 700 MW. Wind energy plays a crucial role in the energy transition, also in industry, and I am proud that TenneT can contribute to a sustainable future in this way.”
Sami Iskander, Petrofac Group Chief Executive, adds: “The safe installation of the Alpha topside is a significant milestone in the delivery of this important energy transition project. Everyone involved should be proud of this achievement. Petrofac has been building a successful track record in offshore wind for more than a decade now, which reflects the capability of our engineers and the quality of our delivery. We are collaborating closely with our partners on the upcoming delivery of the Beta topside and successful grid connection.”
The Beta topside – also with a capacity of 700 MW – is expected to follow in the first quarter of next year. When the wind farm area Hollandse Kust (zuid), developed by wind farm developer Vattenfall, is fully operational in 2023, it will generate an amount of renewable energy that is equivalent to the annual consumption of more than two million households. Hollandse Kust (zuid) is the first subsidy-free wind farm area in the world.
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