DNV GL chosen as lead partner in offshore coordination project

In: Windfarms

DNV GL has been appointed by National Grid ESO as a lead partner in the Offshore Wind Coordination project in Great Britain. The project will analyse a coordinated approach for offshore grid development and shape the future national strategy of Great Britain’s offshore grid through feeding into the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s Offshore transmission network review, which also involves other parties, such as the UK regulator, OFGEM.
The project will review and recommend ways to improve how offshore wind farms are connected to the onshore transmission network. DNV GL has been commissioned to assess the viability of a coordinated approach including:
  • Assess technology availability (HVDC equipment)
  • Analyse technical and regulatory barriers and solutions
  • Study implications on power system security and stability
  • Develop offshore and onshore grid designs
  • Conduct societal Cost-Benefit Analysis of the offshore grid

As offshore infrastructure is anticipated to be shared among multiple projects, it is projected that a harmonised development approach will result in optimal utilisation of infrastructure, higher integration of offshore wind energy, reduction of carbon emissions and  consumer bills, and provision of operational benefits to the onshore grid.
National Grid ESO Head of Strategy and Regulation, Craig Dyke, said: “This is an important project to be working on with DNV GL, examining different technological and engineering solutions for offshore grid development and relative different costs and benefits. We are committed to helping facilitate offshore wind’s contribution to the UK’s net zero target, as well as ensuring value for money for consumers and reducing the environmental and social impact of onshore connections to local communities.”
Prajeev Rasiah, Executive Vice President North Europe, Middle East & Africa at DNV GL - Energy said: “We are honoured to lead this project particularly as the UK Government has committed to installing 40 GW of offshore capacity by 2030. This means that offshore transmission and distribution grids need to be capable of supporting the increasing supply of clean electricity from offshore wind projects and help the UK meet its decarbonization plans. The Offshore Coordination Project is a vital venture which will create many lessons learnt and may help to develop an industry standard approach to benefit not just the UK but also other countries.”

The UK is currently leading the world in offshore wind in terms of capacity, with over 9.5 GW commissioned and more than 13 GW past the construction consent milestone. In the last twelve months, a number of developments have seen the cost of offshore wind fall and government support behind the technology increase as its looks to cut carbon emissions. Earlier this year, the UK's target for installed offshore wind was raised to 40 GW by 2030.

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