The BorWin gamma topside has started its journey from the Drydocks World – Dubai to the German North Sea.
The topside for TenneT's 900MW BorWin3 HVDC platform was completed at the end of August. The platform is expected to reach the installation site mid-September.
TenneT ordered the BorWin gamma from a consortium comprising Petrofac and Siemens. Siemens supplied the complete HVDC converter technology and main electrical equipment for direct-current transmission, with Petrofac responsible for the complete engineering, construction and offshore installation of the platform.
Petrofac awarded the contract to Drydocks World for fabrication, commissioning and load-out of the topside in 2014.
The topside will be transported on a heavy lift vessel via the Suez Canal. The jacket foundation for the BorWin3 platform, fabricated by Heerema Fabrication Group, was installed some 130 kilometres off the German coast in May.
The BorwWin3 grid connection is scheduled to be fully commissioned in 2019 when it will start to deliver the power generated by offshore wind farms to the German grid.