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ABB to deliver power infrastructure for Rampion offshore wind farm in UK

CTBR Staff Writer Published 04 June 2015

Switzerland-based ABB has secured a contract to deliver substations and associated power infrastructure for the 400MW Rampion offshore wind farm in the UK.

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The wind farm is being built 13km off the Sussex coast in the English Channel by a partnership of energy firm E.ON and the UK Green Investment Bank.

ABB will supply equipment including an onshore substation to tie the development into the UK's transmission grid.

Scope of deilvery also includes supply of high-voltage air-insulated switchgear, gas-insulated switchgear, transformers and substation automation as well as control and protection systems.

ABB will supply medium-voltage switchgear, power transformers and protection and control systems for the offshore platform.

Two new switchgear bays with control and protection equipment will also be delivered for the National Grid's nearby substation at Bolney, which receives power from the wind farm.

ABB Power Systems division president Claudio Facchin said: "These substations will help integrate wind energy and facilitate the reliable and efficient transmission of clean power."

Rampion offshore wind farm will feature 116 3.45MW wind turbines that are estimated to generate 1,333GWh of renewable energy per year, enough to power about 300,000 homes.

The wind farm is expected to reduce 600,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year across its 25-year lifetime.

The project's installed capacity will contribute to the UK's target of achieving 15% of its total energy production from renewable sources by 2020.

Image: ABB will supply onshore and offshore electrical infrastructure to Rampion offshore wind farm. Photo: courtesy of ABB.