Swiss technology giant ABB has this week announced it has won the contract to connect the mammoth 1.4 gigawatt (GW) Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm to the UK National Grid, a project which will supply over 1.3 million homes with power.
Danish energy group Ørsted has been finalizing contracts for its 1.4 GW Hornsea Project Two recently, signing a wind turbine supply order with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in late June to provide 165 of its SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines. Ørsted, or DONG Energy as it was at the time, acquired the rights to the Hornsea offshore wind development zone back in August of 2015, having already acquired the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm development from the SMart Wind consortium earlier that year. The project was originally conceived as a 1.8 GW megalith but has since been scaled down to 1.4 GW, and is expected to begin construction in 2021.
ABB announced on Wednesday that it had won orders worth $150 million from Ørsted to supply a range of technologies that will integrate and transmit renewable wind energy from the offshore wind project which, upon conclusion, will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
Hornsea Two is located approximately 100 kilometers from the Yorkshire coast in the North Sea and will be able to deliver clean power to over 1.3 million homes each year. ABB will provide its Static Var Compensation (SVC) Light technology with advanced ABB Ability MACH control systems, High Voltage gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), transformers, reactors, and harmonic filters. ABB will also be responsible for the engineering, supply, project management, and commissioning of the digital control and protection systems for the onshore substation as well as two offshore platform substations.
“We are delighted to partner with Ørsted for this strategic long term technology alliance and work towards our common goal of integrating more renewables into the grid and promoting sustainable energy solutions,” said Claudio Facchin, President of ABB’s Power Grids division. “Advanced technologies and ABB Ability™-based digital solutions will play a key role in enhancing capacity and improving quality and reliability of electricity supplies to millions of people. This project reinforces ABB’s position as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”
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