Siemens installs HelWin1 platform

Siemens has installed the 576MW converter offshore platform for the HelWin1 offshore grid link in the German North Sea that will link the 295MW Nordsee Ost and the 288MW Meerwind wind parks to the mainland.

The platform transforms AC current fed in from the wind farms into DC current for transmission onto land.

Commissioning of HelWin 1 is scheduled for the second half of 2014.

"With the installation of our platform at sea we have successfully mastered the most critical part of this project and are now in the final stretch for commissioning in 2014,“ says Karlheinz Springer, chief executive of the Power Transmission Division within the Energy Sector of Siemens AG.

Transmission grid operator TenneT TSO had awarded the grid connection project to Siemens.

“Installation of the platform for HelWin1 constitutes reaching a key milestone in our series of grid connection projects,” says Lex Hartman, member of TenneT management board.