January 16 (Renewables Now) - GE Renewable Energy on Thursday said its Grid Solutions unit will build the onshore and offshore substations for the 450-MW Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind project off the Fife coast in Scotland.
Under a multi-million dollar contract, GE will have to design, supply, build and commission the substations. The company will build the 400/220 kV onshore wind substation on a greenfield site. The 220kV and 66kV offshore substations will be housed on an offshore topside platform designed by IV-One and provided by HSM Offshore BV under a consortium agreement between the three companies.
The onshore and offshore substation equipment consists of four power transformers, four reactors, the static synchronous compensator (STATCOM), power quality components, and gas-insulated switchgear, while also including protection and control, SCADA, and telecommunications systems.
The NnG offshore wind farm is owned by French utility Electricite de France SA (EPA:EDF) and Irish state-owned utility Electricity Supply Board (ESB). The wind park is expected to be fully commissioned in 2023 and generate enough clean electricity to meet the annual demand of up to 375,000 homes, corresponding to 4% of Scotland's power consumption.