It will help the electric sub-station of the offshore wind farm, Rentel (Belgium), whose topside is getting made at STX France of Saint-Nazaire. The great basis of the Q34 will shortly leave the port of Rotterdam to be installed at sea. Produced in the Netherlands, this one thousand-ton steel monopile is 75 meters higher, for comparison the equal of two Airbus A320s, for seven meters in diameter (twice that of the exact aircraft).

It will be surmounted by an imposing transitional piece – will make the link with the topside – about seven meters in diameter, 25 meters higher and a mass of 600 tonnes. This aspect, meant to endure really robust stresses (the thickness of the steel reaches sixty mm), was made in Spain and still left Bilbao at the commencing of September to be part of Rotterdam. The basis of the Q34 also incorporates a J-Tubes cage, a 250-ton tubular composition for the passage of electric cables connecting the offshore wind turbines to the substation.

The single-rope, the transition piece and the cage J-Tubes will be embarked on the Innovation, responsible for their set up at sea. Put into operation in 2012, this Belgian weapons deployment ship DEME is a jack-up of 147.five meters long for 42 meters wide, geared up with a crane with a lifting ability of 1500 tons. Specially developed for do the job on offshore wind fields, it can do the job with resources up to sixty five meters and heights of 120 meters.

The Innovation jack-up The correct of the major (19459002)

The topside will leave Saint-Nazaire this winter

Whilst the set up of the basis of the Q34 off the Belgian coastline will take area in the coming months, with the calendar getting subjected to weather conditions in the North Sea, Saint-Nazaire proceeds to manufacture the topside -station. Created as a single unit, this summer in the paint cell of Anemos, the STX France plant dedicated to marine energies, this composition of 1,four hundred tons will supply a electrical power of 309 MW. After accomplished, the topside will be loaded on a barge in the Penhoët basin, by way of the wharf of the water consumption, which is at this time undergoing important reinforcement will work . Its set up at sea is predicted early 2018.

Look at of the potential substation within just the Rentel park (© STX FRANCE) An EPCI contract with the Otary consortium

The style, development and set up of the substation is the responsibility of STX France, beneath a contract ” (EPCI) (Engineering Procurement Construction and Set up) signed in early 2016 with the Otary consortium, in cost of building the Rentel subject. With an all round expenditure of much more than 1.2 billion euros, this park, found off Zeebrugge, will contain 42 seven MW wind turbines equipped by Siemens.

A second sub-station beneath development

For the report, STX France is also at this time functioning on a other electrical substation, the P34. Substantially larger sized, with a topside in three blocks totaling 4000 tons, this products will show a electrical power of 385 MW. Made for the Arkona subject (sixty Siemens wind turbines of six MW), produced in the Baltic Sea by the German energy organization E.ON, the Norwegian team Statoil and the German operator of 50hertz electrical power networks, the P34 will be installed in spring 2018. Its basis will not be a monopile like the Q34, but a jacket style composition, made by STX France ( see our specific article on the P34 ).

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