Singapore company Keppel Offshore & Marine has completed the construction of two offshore substations for Orsted which will be deployed at the Greater Changhua 1&2a offshore wind farms off Taiwan.
The topside modules, which have a combined weight of more than 8000 tonnes, are expected to sail away in late October to be integrated with the jacket foundations on site standing in the Taiwan Straits.
Keppel O&M completed the construction of the jacket foundations (pictured) earlier in the second quarter of 2021 and will be undertaking the integration work for the offshore substations.
Keppel O&M chief executive Chris Ong said: “We are pleased to support Orsted’s first full-scale offshore wind project in Asia with two major offshore substations.
“Working in close collaboration with Orsted, we were able to devise win-win solutions to work around the constraints caused by the pandemic to ensure the safe completion of the project.
“This is the seventh major project completed by Keppel O&M this year and is testament to our engineering expertise, execution excellence and how we have adapted our operations to manage the challenges posed by Covid-19.
“Keppel O&M’s pivot to renewables has gained traction, with S$1.3bn worth of offshore wind projects secured over the past three years.
“We have the capabilities to develop solutions across the value chain of offshore renewables as well as undertake the R&D of other decarbonisation solutions such as hydrogen, ammonia, and electrification.
“This is in line with Keppel’s Vision 2030, which has put sustainability at the core of the Company’s strategy.”
After integration of the topside modules onto the jacket foundations, Keppel O&M will conduct testing of the substation systems within its scope