ABB has won an order worth around $80 million from Rentel NV in Belgium to deliver a cable system that will connect the offshore substation at the Rentel wind farm located off the Belgian coast to the mainland close to Zeebrugge.
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 cable system installation will be executed by ABB’s new cable laying vessel under construction at Kleven shipyard in Norway.
With the delivery of the vessel expected in 2017, the cable project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2018.
“The Rentel wind farm 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.”
The Rentel wind farm will be capable of providing enough electricity to meet the needs of around 280,000 households.