Atkins gets Walney substation nod

Denmark’s Dong Energy has awarded UK consultancy Atkins a £2m ($2.6m) contract to design a pair of offshore substations for its giant Walney wind farm expansion project in the Irish Sea.

The three-year deal will encompass all engineering and supervision of the fabrication and final installation of both the jackets and topsides for the platforms, which will collect power from the wind farm’s 750MW extension.

Located 15km off north-west England, the existing 367MW Walney development, made up of 102 3.6MW Siemens turbines, provides electricity to some 320,000 households.

The extension, awarded to Dong by the UK Crown Estate in 2010, will cover an area of 145 square km.

“This contract will further demonstrate our design capability to the offshore substation market and cements our position as aleading engineering and design consultancy in the offshore renewables sector,” says Dave Parkin, head of power and renewables at Atkins.