ABB has won an order worth approximately $80 million from Rentel NV in Belgium to deliver a cable system to connect the offshore substation at the Rentel wind farm to the mainland close to Zeebrugge. The order was booked in the first quarter of this year.
ABB will design, manufacture and install the approximately 40-kilometer, extruded, three-core, 220 kV, alternating current submarine cable system, which will have a transmission capacity of around 300 MW. The energy transmitted to shore from this wind farm will provide enough electricity to meet the needs of approximately 280,000 households. The cable system installation will be executed by ABB’s new vessel, which the company says will enhance efficiency and precision of the cable-laying operations. Commissioning of the project is scheduled for 2018.
The Rentel wind farm connection in the Belgian North Sea will play a significant role in meeting Belgium’s environmental objectives to increase the share of renewable energy to 13% of total energy production by 2020. It will also support the European Union’s environmental targets for 2020.