The second offshore substation for the Walney Offshore Wind Farm is shipped from the ENGIE Fabricom yard in Hoboken
Earlier this month Walney 3 and the second substation for Race Bank left the yard.
The consortium ENGIE Fabricom and Iemants, chosen by Dong Energy to build the Walney 3 and 4 offshore substations, reports that Friday 31 March, Walney 4 set out from the ENGIE Fabricom site in Hoboken bound for the wind farm in the Irish Sea.
Standing 35 metres tall and weighing in at 2,900 tonnes, this is the third substation to leave the ENGIE Fabricom site this month. The substation was accompanied by its 48-metre-high jacket foundation. The jacket was fully assembled on the Iemants site in Vlissingen in the Netherlands and then transported to Hoboken earlier this month. Race Bank 1 and Walney 3 also left Belgium earlier this month (on March 5 and March 18 respectively). It is unusual for so many substations to be shipped in such a short period of time.
The Walney wind farm in the Irish Sea, 19 km off the coast of Cumbria, already comprises two substations. It is currently being expanded to include two additional substations, making it the largest offshore wind farm in Europe. It will supply green power to 600,000 families in the UK, with the expansion due to commission in 2018.