Iberdrola seeks substation alternative

Iberdrola hopes Marin-El will offer an alternative to existing substations

Iberdrola hopes Marin-El will offer an alternative to existing substations

Spain’s Iberdrola has kicked off a €10m ($13.6m) project to hatch a novel low-budget design for offshore substations.

The developer’s engineering arm, Iberdrola Ingeniería y Construcción, is working with a group of Basque contractors through the government-backed Marin-El R&D programme to develop a “self-installing” concept that would "expedite installation and significantly reduce costs".

The new concept is based around floating hull with “a pre-equipped system to secure the unit to the seabed without the help of special installation vessels", instead using a spread of towing vessels to transport the substation, which collects production from wind farms and exports it to onshore grids.

By not needing a construction vessel such as a jack-up, the design avoids the associated costs Log in to read complete article.

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