The first of two Atkins-designed substations has been installed at Dong energy’s Race Bank offshore wind farm in the North Sea, a milestone in the offshore construction phase.
The substation is the first major piece of the wind farm to be installed, with the second substation due for installation in 2017.
It marks the second substation Atkins has designed for Dong Energy in UK waters following the Burbo Bank Extension substation last month.
Once complete, the Race Bank wind farm – set in the Greater Wash area off the east coast of England – will have a capacity of up to 580MW and will provide enough power for over half a million UK homes.
“This is an important moment for our business as we support the charge forward for offshore wind in the UK,” said Atkins’ Energy UK and Europe business’s offshore engineering market lead Andy Thompson.
“The rapid deployment of this technology combined with the standardisation that we have introduced across our designs for Dong Energy is helping to lower the cost of offshore wind and drive the development and maturation of this technology.”
The Race Bank project forms part of Atkins’ partnership with Dong Energy, covering the design of eight offshore substation platforms – one at Burbo Bank Extension, two for the Walney Extension in the Irish Sea and a further three at the Hornsea Project One off the coast of Yorkshire.