Fabrication underway for Arcadis Ost 1 topside

In: Windfarms
Construction of the topside for the Arcadis Ost 1 offshore substation has now begun at the former Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. Elia Group's German subsidiary 50Hertz is working with Belgian company Parkwind to more connect the new Baltic wind farm, Arcadis Ost 1, to the German high-voltage grid – a cooperative effort that will entail Parkwind and 50Hertz jointly building an offshore transformer platform in the Baltic Sea.

The new platform now under construction will consolidate the energy generated by multiple wind turbines, transform it from 33 kV to 220 kV and then safely and efficiently transmit it onward to the mainland via a submarine cable to 50Hertz's high-voltage substation in Lubmin. Once the topside has been completed and outfitted, it will be transported by ship and installed on piles driven directly into the seabed. According to the current schedule, the offshore substation should be installed in 2023.

Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm has a capacity of about 247 MW and is located in the Baltic Sea, 19 km north-east of the island of Rügen, within the 12 nautical mile zone of the Federal State Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. In April 2018, Parkwind was successful in the offshore wind auction in Germany, launched by the Federal Grid Agency. Offshore installation works are expected to start works in 2022. It is expected to be capable of generating enough green electricity for the annual power consumption of more than 290,000 homes.

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