Location: 130 km off the coast of Germany (construction taking place in the UAE)
Scope: Engineering, procurement, construction and offshore installation of the BorWin3 platform
Petrofac, in consortium with Siemens was awarded a contract byTenneT, the German-Dutch transmission grid operator, for the BorWin3 offshore wind farm grid connection. Petrofac is responsible for the construction and offshore installation of the BorWin Gamma platform, which will house a Siemens high voltage direct current (HVDC) station that converts the alternating current produced by the wind turbines to direct current before transmitting it onshore to the German national grid.
It’s one of the largest offshore projects under construction in the UAE – and it’s also a giant demonstration of Petrofac’s diversification from oil and gas into renewable energy.
The platform will be installed nearly 130 kilometres off the German coast in the North Sea, at a water depth of approximately 40 metres.
When operational, the platform will house a Siemens 900 megawatt HVDC station that will convert the alternating current produced by the wind turbines to direct current before transmitting it onshore to the German national grid, from where it will supply more than one million German households with clean electricity from wind power. It will be one of the world’s heaviest and largest HVDC platforms, with the topside six storeys high, weighing in at 20,000 tonnes and about the size of half a football pitch.