Hitachi, Petrofac Combine Tech, EPC Capabilities to Connect Offshore Wind to the Grid

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Hitachi Energy, a transmission, distribution and grid automation solutions company, and Petrofac, an international service provider to the energy industry, are providing grid integration and associated infrastructure to support the growing offshore wind market. It covers high-voltage direct current (HVDC), as well as high-voltage alternating current (HVAC) solutions.

The companies will combine the benefits of Hitachi Energy’s HVDC Light and modular HVAC grid technologies and solutions with Petrofac’s engineering, procurement, construction and installation capabilities for offshore platforms, and offshore and onshore civil works.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Petrofac to help meet the growing need for large-scale offshore wind generation and deliver clean renewable electricity to consumers. As leaders in our respective fields, this collaboration will create added value for our customers and help accelerate the energy transition,” says Niklas Persson, managing director of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration business. “Our HVDC and HVAC solutions are key enablers of the transition to a global energy system that is more sustainable, flexible and secure.”

“Offshore wind plays a crucial role in the transition to clean, affordable energy and we’ve been successfully delivering major projects in the sector for more than a decade now,” states Elie Lahoud, COO of engineering and construction at Petrofac. “Hitachi Energy is well known for its long track record in providing innovative technologies and solutions across the power grid value chain. We look forward to bringing our industry-leading experience and deep domain knowledge together, to benefit our customers and power millions more homes using renewable energy.”

Recent Hitachi Energy HVDC offshore wind projects include Dogger Bank and four of the DolWin and BorWin HVDC hubs that connect multiple wind farms in the North Sea to the German power grid. Hitachi Energy is also a supplier of grid connection solutions for the AC offshore wind farms industry.

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