Moray West onshore substation will be supplied by Siemens Energy

The contract is contingent on the granting of a CfD in 2022 and the completion of the 860MW project’s financial closure.

The onshore substation for the 860MW Moray West offshore wind farm in Scotland’s outer Moray Firth has been chosen by Siemens Gamesa.

Ocean Winds, Moray West’s largest stakeholder, has chosen Siemens Energy to provide the onshore substation, subject to a CfD being awarded in 2022 and financial closure.

Siemens high voltage alternating current (HVAC) equipment will be used in the wind farm’s onshore substation.

Siemens Energy headquarters in Manchester, the company’s worldwide expertise center for all HVAC offshore wind farm grid connections, will offer project design and implementation.

The substation, which will be erected near Keith in Moray, will step up the voltage from 220 to 400 kV.

It was chosen for its position to have the least amount of environmental damage and to be able to link to existing national power transmission system equipment at the nearby Blackhillock substation.

Siemens Energy also delivered the Moray East substation at New Deer in Aberdeenshire, as well as much of the infrastructure of the UK’s biggest substation, Blackhillock.

“The choice to pick Siemens Energy was taken after an exhaustive procurement process,” said Adam Morrison, project director for Moray West.

“Siemens Energy has a proven track record, including the Moray East substation, and we’re excited to collaborate with them on the next Ocean Winds project, Moray West.”

“Siemens Energy will expand Moray West’s world-class electrical infrastructure to safeguard the project’s ability to reliably export green power to UK customers.”

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