Trianel Adds Transformer Station to Delayed North Sea Wind Farm

Trianel GmbH, a group of German municipal utilities, said it installed the “power socket” for its wind farm in the North Sea.

Trianel today finished installing a 2,400-metric ton converter platform that will transfer power produced at sea for use in the land-based electricity grid, according to an e-mailed statement. The group plans to erect Areva SA-made 5-megawatt wind turbines starting next month, it said.

“We have not only installed the power socket for the wind farm with the converter platform but also laid the foundation for the next construction phase,” said Klaus Horstick, head of the group’s project company.

The wind farm’s opening has been delayed to the fourth quarter from the start of the year due to delays at grid company TenneT TSO GmbH in connecting the project to the grid. Trianel will power the turbines with two diesel generators until the grid link goes live to protect them from damages, it said.

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