Norwegian offshore fabricator Aibel has won an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for the delivery of two HVDC converter platforms for an offshore wind farm. Customer is Danish energy group Ørsted and they will be installed on the Hornsea 3 wind farm development off north England. Hornsea 3 is Ørsted’s third project in the Hornsea Zone, where Hornsea 1 is operational and Hornsea 2 currently is nearing operation.
The two platforms, Hornsea 3 Link 1 and 2, will follow Aibel and Hitachi Energy’s proven concept. The platforms will have a lean design, with a steel jacket structure. The unmanned platforms will be operated from shore and accessed for maintenance by service operations vessels or helicopter. The two platforms will have a combined capacity of up to 2,852 GW to serve the offshore wind turbines in the Hornsea 3 project.