DONG Energy has appointed VolkerInfra to install the onshore underground cables and associated fibre optic cables for Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay.
A 220kV export cable will connect Burbo Bank Extension’s offshore substation with DONG Energy’s onshore substation. From this landing point, located between Rhyl and Prestatyn in Denbighshire (Wales), VolkerInfra will be installing the underground onshore cable circuit. The underground onshore cables will run for approximately 10km to a new onshore substation and will then be linked to the National Grid Bodelwyddan 400kV onshore substation.
The current Burbo Bank wind farm is located on the Burbo Flats in Liverpool Bay at the entrance to the River Mersey. The wind farm comprises of 25 efficient wind turbines to generate up to 90MW (megawatts) of clean, environmentally sustainable electricity for approximately 80,000 homes. The new Burbo Bank Extension wind farm, which will be constructed just west of the existing wind farm, will cover an area of 40km2 with an increased capacity of 258MW to provide electricity to an additional 180,000 homes.
Enabling works, for construction, commenced in January 2015 with the energisation of the offshore substation set to commence in 2016.