Engineers from ScottishPower Renewables and Iberdrola have helped to mastermind the departure of one of the world’s largest offshore substations as it set sail recently from Cadiz in Southern Spain for a three week voyage to the German zone of the Baltic Sea.
The substation will form part of the €1.4 billion Wikinger offshore windfarm. ScottishPower Renewables leads Iberdrola’s global offshore developments from Glasgow and London.
The substation, known as ‘Andalucía’, as recently reported in Maritime Journal was built by Navantia at the Puerto Real shipyard. It is the first offshore substation to include two ‘topsides’, as it will also be used by 50Hertz, the electricity system operator in this region of Germany, to support further offshore wind developments. The construction of the substation supported 700 jobs.
The Wikinger offshore wind farm will have an installed power capacity of 350 MW.
By Jake Frith