Rambiz Heavy Lift Barge Installs Top Section of Walney 2 Substation (UK)


On Tuesday 5 May 2011, the jacket for the Walney 2 offshore substation was placed, but then a period with windy weather put the operation on hold. It took 14 days before the top section could be placed on top of the jacket, but on 19 May 2011, the heavy lift barge Rambiz lifted the top section with the offshore transformer in place.

Ever since, the work on the offshore substation has focused on the preparations in order to receive the export cable. Here the cable installation vessels Stemat Spirit and Giulio Verne are close to the meeting point, where the two parts of the export cable will be joined.

The Walney Offshore Windfarm

The Walney Offshore Windfarm project is located approximately 15km west of Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. The project consists of Walney 1 and Walney 2 each with 51 – 3.6MW turbines, giving a total capacity of the Walney project of 367.2MW. The rotor diameter of the turbines is 107m for Walney 1 and 120m for Walney 2, with a maximum height of 150m from blade tip to sea level. The total area of the development is some 73km2.


Source: dongenergy, June 21, 2011