Service Agreement to support reliable transmission from the C-Power offshore wind farm in Belgium
Rotterdam, August 23, 2012 – ABB, has signed an agreement with the Belgian wind farm developer C-Power, to provide maintenance services for the power link bringing power from offshore wind farms, located in the North Sea, to the mainland grid.
ABB was also responsible for the supply of the power link itself – the biggest transmission link of its kind in the Belgian North Sea
C-Power is a consortium of Belgian and international shareholders established to develop and operate the first offshore wind farm in the concession area on the Thornton Bank in the North Sea, 30 kilometers off the Belgian coast. It is the largest offshore wind farm in operation in the Southern North Sea and has a capacity of 325 megawatts (MW) which is 10 percent of the renewable energy capacity needed for Belgium to meet its 2020 objectives
“Service and maintenance are key elements in the efficient and reliable operation of these advanced offshore renewable energy transmission links and we are pleased to support C-Power with our technical expertise and competence in this area,” said Alfons Goos, Country Manager ABB Benenlux. “This also reinforces our growing focus on service as a key business driver.”
As part of the Service Agreement, ABB will maintain the electrical infrastructure to connect the wind farm to the Belgian mainland grid. This includes the offshore substation and the onshore 150 kilovolt (kV) grid connection. The five-year contract has extension options.
The C-Power link transmits clean wind generated energy through 40 km of submarine and underground 150 kV HVAC cables and helps avoid more than 690.000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year. This supports Belgium’s ambitious renewable energy plans to reduce environmental impact.
This order is a great success for ABB as it is the first HVAC grid connection Service Agreement and it’s an excellent example that cross BU and cross border cooperation pays off.