Power technology giant ABB has landed orders worth over $150m from developer Orsted for the 1.4GW Hornsea 2 offshore wind mega-project off the UK, kicking off a global five-year electrical and automation equipment frame agreement between the two companies.
Under the deal, ABB will supply Static Var Compensation Light technology with advanced ABB Ability MACH control systems, high voltage gas-insulated switchgear, transformers, reactors and harmonic filters, as well as handling engineering, supply, project management and commissioning of the digital control and protection systems for the wind farm’s onshore substation and two offshore substations.
“We are delighted to partner with Orsted for this strategic long term technology alliance and work towards our common goal of integrating more renewables into the grid and promoting sustainable energy solutions,” said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s Power Grids division.
“Advanced technologies and ABB Ability-based digital solutions will play a key role in enhancing capacity, and improving quality and reliability of electricity supplies to millions of people.”
Electricity production from Hornsea 2, being developed with 165 Siemens Gamesa 8.0-167 turbines, will be protected and controlled by a static compensation system – a technology designed to boost offshore turbines’ power transfer capability, improve power quality and enhance grid stability – that is the largest ever built for an offshore wind application.
Meanwhile, EEW Special Pipe Constructions has been contracted to deliver all the monopile foundations for Hornsea 2.
Hornsea 2, located some 100km off Northeast England, is the largest offshore wind farm under development in the world. Fully powered up in 2022, it will meet the electricity needs of more than 1.3 million homes annually.