SSE Enterprise Telecoms scores connectivity contract for Seagreen

In: Windfarms
19/01/2021
SSE Enterprise Telecoms has secured a contract to provide the communications infrastructure for what will be Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm.

Once complete in 2022/23,
Seagreen offshore wind farm will be capable of generating 1,075MW from its 114 North Sea turbines. A joint venture partnership between SSE Renewables and Total is investing £3bn into the project, with onshore construction already underway and offshore construction due to get underway later this year.

Having been selected to spearhead the project following a competitive tender process, SSE Enterprise Telecoms will be responsible for the installation of a Wide Area Network (WAN) between the substation at Tealing, Dundee, and the operations centre in Montrose. The connection will provide offshore wind farm engineers based at Montrose with the visibility of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and technical equipment at Tealing needed to manage the distribution of power to the substation.

The role of SSE Enterprise Telecoms will be to facilitate the flow of data between the offshore wind farm’s planned substation and onshore operations centre, to allow for data analysis.

Paul Clark, SSE Relationship Director at SSE Enterprise Telecoms, said having reliable connectivity was essential to help support the smooth running of such a large-scale windfarm: “Telecoms infrastructure companies like ours play a vital role in keeping businesses connected and their operations functioning properly. Given the complexity of this project, our vast experience in developing critical infrastructure projects will be essential. We’re also able to bring our expertise gained from other renewables projects to bear, as well as our access to cutting edge technologies.


“We have already delivered logistical support on 19 wind farms within SSE Group’s portfolio, so we look forward to supporting efforts to get Seagreen up and running. We are also proud to support the overall Seagreen offshore wind farm project which will play a huge role in helping the UK meet its Net Zero targets as well as provide an estimated £1bn boost to the nation’s economy.”


Mick McCaffery, Seagreen Systems Project Manager, added the experience of SSE Enterprise Telecoms in servicing complex offshore renewables sites made it the best fit for Seagreen: “SSE Enterprise Telecoms has a strong pedigree in delivering wind farm network infrastructure and a comprehensive understanding of the consequences, should a wind farm become un-operational. As such, we are confident they will bring the necessary experience and expertise to deliver a solution that will help prevent such a scenario. We’re pleased to have a partner of this calibre on board, which will undoubtedly be to the benefit of the region and the country at large.


“The UK needs to be generating 40GW of offshore wind power by 2030 to contribute toward Net Zero targets, so projects with the scale and ambition of Seagreen will be vital components of that low carbon vision.”


The
Seagreen offshore wind farm is a 1,075 MW project, located 27 km off the Angus Coast in the Firth of Forth. It will be developed and operated by Seagreen Wind Energy Limited. Once constructed, the wind farm will be the largest in Scotland and Phase One is expected to provide low carbon energy for around one million homes.

In September 2019, Seagreen secured a 15-year CfD contract awarded by the UK government. SSE Renewables is leading on the development and construction of the first 1,140 MW phase, supported by Total, and will operate the asset on completion, which is expected in 2022/23. The project will feature 114 MHI Vestas
V164-10 MW turbines.


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