Sembcorp Marine (SembMarine) announced on Aug 15, that it has successfully completed the fabrication of the Offshore Substation (OSS) and Reactive Compensation Station (RCS) for Ørsted Wind Power’s subsidiary Optimus Wind Limited.
The substations have set off for the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm – located some 89km off the Yorkshire coast in the North Sea – from SembMarine’s Admiralty Yard on Sunday.
The substations will reach their destination at end-September 2021 for integration with their jackets.
Hornsea Two has an offshore area of 462 sq km and will be the world’s largest wind farm when it goes into operation in 2022.
The farm has a capacity of 1.4 GW and will provide power to over 1.3 million homes in the UK.
The OSS, which is the largest AC substation, has a combined weight of 10,200 tonnes, with the RCS.
“We thank Ørsted Wind Power and Optimus Wind for their trust in Sembcorp Marine’s capability to deliver these functional engineering solutions to their desired quality,” says Sembcorp Marine head of offshore platforms Samuel Wong. “These substations, along with the OSS and RCS jacket foundations that were delivered by Sembcorp Marine in August 2020, demonstrate the group’s commitment to meet the challenge of delivering these structures safely amid this pandemic.”
“This is a very exciting milestone for Hornsea Two. In 2019, Ørsted opened the UK’s largest operations base for offshore wind at Grimsby’s Royal Dock, providing a total of 400 jobs for local people. Hornsea Two will be maintained and operated from this base, creating a long-term operations hub, meaning Ørsted will provide careers for years to come – offshore wind farms last at least 25 years,” adds Patrick Harnett, senior programme director at Ørsted.
SembMarine president and CEO Wong Weng Sun says the group’s expansion into clean energy solutions segments is “bearing fruit”.
“Green energy solutions comprised approximately 34% of the group’s net order book of $1.78 billion as at June 30,” he notes. “As Sembcorp Marine accelerates its transformation and positions itself for the global shift towards a low carbon economy, it will continue to harness opportunities across the entire O&M and renewable energy sectors, including clean solutions such as electrification, gas value chain, ocean living, as well as carbon capture and storage solutions.”