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Wärtsilä to boost reliability of Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm

Published 10 July 2017

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä will enhance the reliability of off shore wind farm by providing switchboards and distribution boards.

The contract was initially signed by Wärtsilä with Babcock International Group, the first offshore reactive compensation station, in January, 2017.

The project is currently under contruction and on completion, it will be operated by DONG Energy.

The switchboards will improve the reliability of the installation as they claimed to have the potential to withstand harsh offshore conditions.

The reactive compensation station enables the integration of high voltage AC system with long cables situated between the offshore wind farm and shore.

The station will be completed by Babcock in 2018 and will be commissioned in 2020.

When operational, Hornsea Project One will have 1.2GW capacity and will generate clean green electricity to satisfy the need of 1 million UK homes.

Located 120 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast in Northern England, Hornsea Project One will span an area of approximately 407 square kilometres. 

Babcock Rosyth site managing director Ian Donnelly said: "Babcock is delighted to be working with Wärtsilä on this project. It is an important member of our supply chain, and its switchboards and distribution boards will play an important role in the successful delivery of the world’s first offshore reactive compensation station being built at Babcock Rosyth for the wind farm.”

Wärtsilä UK managing director Andy Dickinson said: “Our Electrical & Automation business has long held a reputation for designing and building high quality switchboards. We are particularly well-known in the marine and oil & gas sectors globally, and have been actively expanding our customer base.

“The award of this contract together with other recent successes in the hydro-electric industry demonstrates our ability to support the renewable energy sector.”