GE, HSM, IV-One to deliver Neart na Gaoithe substations

by Tom Russell in Windfarms 17/01/2020 GE

A consortium of GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business (GE), HSM Offshore BV (HSM) and IV-One has been commissioned to deliver substations for the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, 12 miles off the coast of Fife in Scotland. The consortium's scope includes the design, supply, construction and commissioning of the onshore and offshore substations.

GE is responsible for the turnkey delivery of all infrastructure within the perimeter, including ground works and civil construction of the 400/220 kilovolt (kV) onshore wind substation to be built on a greenfield site. HSM will provide the offshore topside platform, designed by IV-One, that will house GE’s 220kV and 66kV 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.

“GE’s Grid Solutions business is very proud to work with our consortium collaborators to support both shareholders in their growing portfolios of onshore and offshore wind farms as well as to help deliver low carbon electricity generation in the UK,”
said Gerhard Seyrling, GE’s Grid Solutions president & CEO Europe, Russia & CIS.

Once fully operational,
Neart na Gaoithe is expected to generate electricity for around 375,000 homes, or all of the domestic properties in a city the size of Edinburgh, and displace 400,000 tons of CO2 annually. It was awarded a CfD by LCCC in February 2015, with a strike price of £114.39/MWh. Developer EDF Energy is in the process prepping the project for construction, with work expected to start on the project in 2020 and the first commercial supply of electricity in 2023. Once fully operational, it is expected to generate electricity for around 375,000 homes, or all of the domestic properties in a city the size of Edinburgh, and displace 400,000 tons of CO2 annually.

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