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Masdar JV installs substations offshore

Two units installed as part of the world's largest offshore wind farm

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Two substations completed for world's largest offshore wind farm. (Getty Images)
Two substations completed for world's largest offshore wind farm. (Getty Images)

Masdar, Dubai Dong Energy and E.ON have announced that two of the London Array’s substations have been installed in the Thames Estuary, completing a key construction phase for the project.

Weighing in at 1,260 tonnes each, the substations will transform the power generated by the farm’s wind turbines from 33,000 volts to 150,000 volts before sending it via 50km export cables to an onshore substation.

This is a fantastic achievement for us, and a real sign of progress as we look to build the first phase of what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm,” said Richard Rigg, London Array’s project director. “We should never underplay the difficulties of working offshore, especially when we’re using a 3,300 tonne lift capacity floating crane to place something that’s 25 by 23 metres, and 22 metres tall, onto a foundation 25km from shore.”
 

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