Transmission Know-How Brings Wind Power to Shore

Transmission solutions for nuclear power are the main market for AREVA’s Transmission and Distribution (T&D) division, but the company is ready to bend with the wind.

Bethesda, Maryland – September 29, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] A contract of EUR 12 million (US$ 14.8 million) to design, manufacture and install the United Kingdom’s first offshore high-voltage substation was awarded to Areva from Kellogg Brown & Root and the Vestas Celtic Wind Technology consortium. The company’s T&D division will also design the entire electrical connection between the Barrow offshore wind farm and the national power grid. The Barrow project requires a compact and weight saving high-voltage substation able to operate in severe weather conditions that are found in an offshore environment. The 90 MW Barrow project is a partnership between Vestas and Halliburton for a complete turnkey operation comprising 30 V90-3.0 MW wind turbines. Turbines will be located in the Irish Sea 7 km off Walney Island near Barrow-in-Furness at a water depth of 21-23 meters, and project completion is scheduled for November of 2005. The onshore connection will be at United Utilities’ existing Heysham substation, making the Barrow project one of the few UK wind farms with a direct high-voltage connection. “AREVA T&D has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in complex electrical connections gained through decades of designing, manufacturing and commissioning substations,” said Steve Burgin, who is the AREVA president for the UK. “The Barrow project takes that substantial expertise into a new and growing market for high-voltage offshore electrical connections.”
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