Drydocks to Build BorWin Gamma Converter Platform

Drydocks World has signed an agreement with Petrofac to build the BorWin3 high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter platform in the North Sea, named BorWin gamma. When completed, this will provide an essential renewable offshore resource to meet increasing energy demands.

Drydocks World has successfully secured the contract for the fabrication, commissioning and load out of the BorWin3 platform, which will transmit electricity from the connected offshore wind farms to the mainland of Germany. Scheduled to go online in 2019, the platform will be installed nearly 100km off the German coast in the North Sea, at a water depth of approximately 40m.

The Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT ordered the HVDC link BorWin3 from a consortium comprising Petrofac and Siemens. The link will transmit approximately 900 MW of wind power, which is roughly equal to the annual electricity consumption of one million German households. Siemens will supply the complete HVDC converter technology for efficient direct-current transmission.

His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World stated: “The strong industry reputation and capabilities of Drydocks World have been instrumental in reinforcing our position among global energy conglomerates. The BorWin3 HVDC platform is a key stepping-stone into furthering our business in the renewables industry. We as an organization regard sustainable energy to be imperative in hindering the adverse effects of pollution on our world. We are keen to demonstrate how multifunctional our organization is, continually transforming our business to meet the needs of the future.

“Drydocks World has built many first of its kind global mega projects, positioning us as an efficient and experienced yard of choice. Our highly specialized units are extremely capable of delivering this ground-breaking project, and we look forward to achieving further success with BorWin3.”

Drydocks World has previously completed numerous environmentally friendly projects such as the pioneering DolWin beta HVDC offshore platform within the project DolWin2, positioning Drydocks World in the top league of shipyards capable of constructing such mega offshore structures. The DolWin beta was an engineering marvel of gargantuan proportions that took tremendous efforts to construct, which established the credentials of Drydocks World as a reliable service provider to this sector.

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