Bladt lands Sandbank substation

Bladt Industries has landed a deal to supply the offshore substation for the 288MW Sandbank offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

The Danish offshore steel specialist also announced a subcontracting role to provide 72 transition pieces for the wind farm, which is being developed by Sweden’s Vattenfall and German utility SWM.

The offshore substation EPCI order sets a sail date of the second quarter of 2016 for the 2,000-tonne topside – complete with two transfomers and heli-deck – and 1,500-tonne jacket.

Bladt will work with long-term partners Semco Maritime and ISC on the project.

The Danish group said: “A timeframe of 18 months to fabricate a substation on an EPCI contract is a rather tight time schedule. However, that is not a fact that shakes Bladt, ISC or Semco.

“All 13 previously delivered substations have been ready according to the time schedule. Recently we fabricated the Nordsee Ost substation within a timeframe of just 16 months.”

Bladt secured the transition piece deal in a contact from Germany’s EEW SPC.

Bladt will make the TPs at its facility in Aalborg, Denmark, with production start-up due to begin “soon”.

The €1.2bn ($1.6bn) Sandbank project will use Siemens 4MW wind turbines.