September 14, 2018

The offshore converter platform, BorWin gamma, has now safely set sail from Dubai and begun its journey to the North Sea. Through the Gulf of Oman, the 18,000 ton ‘topside’ will pass into the Red Sea before going through the Suez Canal onto the Mediterranean and past Gibraltar. The journey then moves through the Bay of Biscay, to the English Channel and into the North Sea where it will be integrated with the ‘jacket’ nearly 130 kilometres off the German coast.
Along with BorWin3, a 900-megawatt connection for two offshore wind farms will go into operation next year and be able to supply more than one million households.
The Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT ordered the HVDC link BorWin3 in 2014 from a consortium comprising Petrofac and Siemens. The link will transmit approximately 900 MW of wind power, which is roughly equal to the annual electricity consumption of one million German households. Siemens will supply the complete HVDC converter technology for efficient direct-current transmission. (Source and image: Petrofac)