A section of Drydocks World’s facility in Dubai

A section of Drydocks World’s facility in Dubai

Yard to build windfarm platform

November 2014

DRYDOCKS World has signed an agreement with Petrofac to build the BorWin3 high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter platform in the North Sea named BorWin gamma. When completed, this will provide an essential renewable offshore resource to meet increasing energy demands. Drydocks World successfully secured the contract for the fabrication, commissioning and load out of the BorWin3 platform, which will transmit electricity from the connected offshore wind farms to the mainland of Germany.

Scheduled to go online in 2019, the platform will be installed nearly 100 km off the German coast in the North Sea, at a water depth of approximately 40 m. The Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT ordered the HVDC link BorWin3 from a consortium comprising Petrofac and Siemens. The link will transmit approximately 900 MW of wind power, which is roughly equal to the annual electricity consumption of one million German households. Siemens will supply the complete HVDC converter technology for efficient direct-current transmission.

Sustainable energy generation is typically not located close to the area of consumption and this fact makes transmission of the power almost as essential as the generation. HVDC technology provides the advantages of efficient long distance transmission, with the ability to transfer more power.

Khamis Juma Buamim, chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World, stated, “The BorWin3 HVDC platform is a key stepping-stone into furthering our business in the renewables industry.”

Buamim added: “We as an organisation regard sustainable energy to be imperative in hindering the adverse effects of pollution on our world. We are keen to demonstrate how multifunctional our organisation is, continually transforming our business to meet the needs of the future.”

Drydocks World has previously completed environmentally friendly projects including the DolWin beta HVDC offshore platform within the project DolWin2.

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