Dutch-German transmission grid operator TenneT awarded a contract to British oilfield services provider Petrofac for the Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) offshore grid connection and more specifically for the Alpha and optional Beta HVAC platforms (substations) in the North Sea, Petrofac announced Tuesday.
The Dutch government is targeting a total of 3.5 gigawatt of wind energy production capacity offshore by 2023, according to the statement.
'To achieve this, five 700-megawatt standardized concept transformer substations are planned for installation offshore Netherlands,' it said.
Petrofac will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the third and fourth substations, which have a total contract value of approximately $200 million.
HKZ platform Alpha is scheduled to become operational in 2021, according to the statement.
HKZ platform Beta is still subject to the tendering of a wind farm concession by the Dutch government and is scheduled to become operational in 2022, it said.
George Salibi, Petrofac's group chief commercial officer, said they were delighted with the opportunity to support TenneT with this 'key project'.
'The award of this EU tender builds on our relationship and is further demonstration of Petrofac's expansion into adjacent sectors, including renewable energy,' he added.
By Hale Turkes