GE wins scottish substation frame deal

Scotland: A flurry of North Sea and North American offshore substation awards culminated in a contract award to GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business from EDF Renewables and ESB for their Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind project.

GE said it was a multimillion-dollar contract or frame agreement that covers onshore and offshore wind substations and the NnG wind park, offshore Scotland’s Fife coast. Neart na Gaoithe now has the suppliers lined-up to build and commission all its substations, including a 400 / 220 kV onshore wind substation built on a greenfield site.

In a consortium deal, HSM Offshore BV in the Netherlands will build the offshore topside platform designed by IV-One to house GE’s 220 kV and 66 kV substations.

“The project’s onshore and offshore substation equipment includes four power transformers, four reactors, the static synchronous compensator (STATCOM), power quality components, and gas insulated switchgear—at 66kV, 220kV and 400kV—as well as protection and control, SCADA, and telecommunications systems. This solution will allow for 450 MW of low carbon energy to be connected to the Scottish electricity grid,” a communique said, adding that NnG is expected to be fully operational by 2023.

Source: Offshore Engineering