Wärtsilä Corp will supply the low voltage switchboards for the world’s first offshore reactive compensation station which is being built by Babcock International Group.
This offshore structure will be deployed on the Hornsea Project One offshore windfarm, situated in the North Sea, 120km from the north England coast. The windfarm will be operated by DONG Energy and is due to be operational in 2020.
Covering an area of approximately 407km2, and with an optimal generating capacity of 1.2GW, it will be the world’s largest offshore windfarm.
The reactive compensation station enables the high voltage AC system to work with cable lengths longer than those previously used for offshore wind, and will be located between the offshore windfarm and shore. It is under construction at Babcock Rosyth in Scotland and is due to be completed in 2018. Wärtsilä builds switchboards and control systems to withstand harsh offshore conditions.