Germany to get North Sea converter platforms to channel wind power to cities

Vinci, with Dragados Offshore and Siemens Energy, has won a “high triple digit million euro contract” to design and build two offshore windfarm energy converter platforms in the German waters of the North Sea, with a total capacity of 1.8GW.

When complete in 2028, the platforms, commissioned by Dortmund-based transmission system operator Amprion Offshore, will be able to supply electricity for a major city like Hamburg with its population of 1.8 million people by connecting several windfarms to Germany’s grid, Vinci said.

They will collect the generated alternating current and convert it into high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) for transmission to onshore stations up to 280km away.

Prefabrication of the platforms will take place at Dragados Offshore’s yard in Cádiz, Spain. Vinci said more than a thousand jobs would be created in their construction through to 2027.

Vinci called the project “among the most important energy transition projects in Germany”.

It noted that Dragados Offshore had been awarded two previous HVDC projects of this type, which are in progress.

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