ABB wins order from Rentel to connect new offshore windfarm to Belgian grid

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12 April 2016, Nuclear, Solar, Wind

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The order was booked in the first quarter of 2016. ABB will design, manufacture and install the approximately 40 kilometer long extruded three-core 220-kilovolt alternating current (AC) submarine cable system which will have a transmission capacity of around 300 megawatts. The energy transmitted to shore from this windfarm will contribute to a greener power supply in Belgium, capable of providing enough electricity to meet the needs of around 280,000 households. The cable system installation will be executed by ABB's new state-of-the-art vessel which will enhance efficiency and precision of the cable laying operations. The project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2018.

The Rentel windfarm connection in the Belgian North Sea will play a significant role in meeting Belgium's environmental objectives for 2020, specifically to increase the share of renewable energy to 13 percent of total energy production. It will also support the European Union's environmental targets for 2020.

"The Rentel windfarm cable link will help bring clean wind power to the people of Belgium" said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB's Power Grids division. "It is another example of ABB technologies that enable the integration of renewable energy and lower the environmental impact, which is an integral element of the company's Next Level strategy."

Source: MarketLine

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