The substations for the SeaMade offshore windfarm in Belgium have been installed by DEME’s subsidiary Scaldis
The substations for the windfarm, which will be Belgium’s largest, each weigh 1,200 tonnes and will transform the electricity produced by the turbines to 225 kV, which allows the electricity to be brought to shore via Elia’s modular offshore grid.
The export cable transmitting the electricity to shore was installed earlier by DEME’s cable installation vessel Living Stone.
Installation of the substations was executed using the heavy lift vessel Gulliver after another DEME installation vessel, Innovation, installed all of the foundations for the project, including those for the two substations.
DEME Offshore general manager Bart de Poorter said, “Despite the challenging weather conditions in recent weeks, the SeaMade project is firmly on track. Installation of the two substations was possible thanks to the close co-operation between the SeaMade team and our partners Smulders, ENGIE Fabricom and Tractebel, as well as the personnel on our vessels.”
Installation of 58 turbines for the project will begin shortly. DEME will use its offshore installation vessel Apollo, which recently completed foundation piling operations at the Moray East offshore windfarm in Scotland. This will be the first turbine installation project for Apollo.
In April 2020, Living Stone will start installing the inter array cables.