On September 10th, the Northwester 2 Offshore High Voltage Substation (OHVS) has been installed at its final location in the North Sea.
This is the impressive result of a 16 month challenge to deliver the design, fabrication, electrical and mechanical outfitting and installation of the OHVS topside.
Danish contractor Bladt Industries was responsible for the design, fabrication, construction and installation of the topside. Performant sub-contractor collaboration between designers ISC, manufacturers MPG and outfitters Semco Maritime also ensured that the project timings were met.
The topside left the harbor of Ostend the day before and was installed by the Scaldis crane vessel Gulliver this morning at 10h57 on its monopile foundation in the Northwester 2 windfarm, 50 km off the Belgian coast.
Peter Caluwaerts, Parkwind’s project director stated: “I would like to thank our teams and suppliers that were involved in achieving this important milestone for the project. The OHVS installation is a result of rigorous planning, agility and hard work from everyone.”
”With the installation of the Northwester 2 OSS, we can look back on yet another successful project completed in close cooperation with the client Parkwind and our lead sub-suppliers Semco Maritime and ISC Engineering” added Per Emil Larsen, Senior Project Manager, Bladt Industries A/S.
With a weight of 962 tons, the topside is now ready to receive the electricity cables that will be transporting the green energy produced by the wind turbines. The OHVS will be connected to the OSY (offshore switch yard) of Elia from where electricity will be transported to shore.