Topside for OHVS Borssele Beta ready for transport

Borssele Beta © TenneT

The topside for the offshore platform Borssele Beta is ready for transport at the HSM Offshore yard in Schiedam. TenneT reported that the platform will be leaving the yard on Sunday, 22 March 2020.

The 700 MW Offshore High Voltage Substation will collect the power from the 77 MHI Vestas, type V164, 9.5 megawatt wind turbines in the 731.5 MW Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm and the Borssele V test site and transport it to the high voltage substation in Borssele by means of two 67-kilometre long cables. The jacket foundation was already installed in May 2019.

The Borssele Beta transformer platform contains a Maritime Information Provision Service Point (MIVSP) with various monitoring systems, such as nautical radars, meteorological systems (for wind, precipitation, clouds and temperature) and ecological monitoring systems for birds and bats.

Borssele Beta is expected to be operational on 1 September, TenneT said. It is the second offshore grid connection built by TenneT, following the Borssele Alpha in the Borssele 1 + 2 wind farm.

Borssele III & IV, to rise 22 km off the coast of Vlissingen in the province of Zeeland, is a project by Blauwwind, a consortium of Partners Group (45%), Shell (20%), DGE, a fully owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, (15%), Eneco Group (10%) and Van Oord (10%).