Engineers from Scottish Power Renewables helped to mastermind the departure of one of the world’s largest offshore sub-stations as it set sail over the weekend from Cadiz, Spain for its three week voyage to the German zone of the Baltic Sea.
It will form part of the €1.4 billion Wikinger offshore windfarm. Scottish Power Renewables manages global offshore developments from Glasgow and London for Iberdrola, its Spanish parent group.
The 4,500 tonne substation ‘Andalucía’ was built by Navantia at the Puerto Real shipyard. It is the first offshore substation to include two ‘topsides’, as it will also be used by 50Hertz, the electricity system operator in this region of Germany, to support further offshore wind developments. The construction of the substation supported 700 jobs.
The Wikinger wind farm will have an installed power capacity of 350 MW. It will consist of 70 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 5-MW, at a site spanning an area of approximately 22 sq. miles. The is scheduled to go online at the end of 2017.