The 22nd offshore high-voltage substation (OHVS), built on the ENGIE Fabricom site, will be leaving Hoboken and heading to the North Sea within a few days. The substation was built by the partners in the consortium, namely ENGIE Fabricom, Smulders and CG. It will be taken to the Norther offshore wind farm, a project established by Elicio, Eneco and Diamond Generating Europe. This is the largest wind park off the Belgian coast, 23 kilometres from Zeebrugge, and will supply energy to almost 400,000 families. The wind farm will produce 1.4 billion kWh of renewable energy every year.
A high-voltage station is an important part of an offshore wind farm, and links the individual wind turbines. The station converts the energy generated (33 kV) to 220 kV, and transports it via an export cable to the onshore Belgian grid, where it is connected via another high-voltage substation.
With a length of 32 m, a height of 21 m, a weight of 1,300 tonnes and a transformation capacity of 410 MV, this is the most compact offshore substation ever built in Hoboken. Belgium has become a real expert in building offshore substations. 22 substations have already been built on ENGIE Fabricom’s site in Hoboken, including substations for other wind farms in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.