Ingeteam has provided supervision and electrical work analysis services on Spain’s first offshore wind turbine, the 5MW Elisa prototype.
At the request of project leader Esteyco, Ingeteam worked on the connection of the medium voltage submarine cable for the transmission to land, as well as on the production of an exclusive part to secure the power cable.
According to the Spanish company, this project is another step forward in the offshore sector and complements the activity underway on another European project in which Ingeteam supplied a converter for a 10MW+ prototype.
The installation of the full-scale Elisa prototype was completed at the Plocan site off Gran Canaria at the beginning of July 2018.
The 5MW self-installing telescopic offshore wind turbine is developed under the EU-funded Elican project carried out by a consortium of Esteyco, Siemens Gamesa, ALE Heavylift, DEWI GmbH, and Plocan.
The project’s goal was to assemble the entire system, including the foundation, tower and wind turbine, and its pre-commissioning under controlled conditions at the Arinaga port, and then tow it to the site using conventional tugs.
This is said to reduce the risks associated with assembly work at sea and cut installation costs by 30% to 40% compared to existing conventional solutions.