Petrofac wins North Sea grid connection

LONDON: June 2019. Oilfield services provider Petrofac has won a US$200 million contract to provide offshore grid connections to the Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) wind farm in the North Sea from TenneT, the Dutch-German transmission grid operator.

A total of eight 700-megawatt standardised concept transformer substations will be installed offshore of the Netherlands until 2030. Petrofac is responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of both the third (HKZ platform Alpha) and fourth (HKZ platform Beta) substations.

HKZ platform Alpha is scheduled to become operational in 2021 and Beta in 2022.

“With the initial stages of the work for HKZ platform Alpha well underway, we are delighted to confirm the option for HKZ platform Beta,” said Petrovac COO Engineering & Construction George Salibi. “This important project integrates our engineering, project management and procurement capabilities and we look forward to the safe and efficient delivery of both platforms for TenneT.”

The 1.4 GW HKZ Wind Farm lies in four sites off the west coast of the Netherlands in the coastal waters of the province of Zuid-Holland.

Controlled and owned by the Dutch government, TenneT is responsible for overseeing the operation of the 380 and 220 kV high-voltage grid throughout the Netherlands and its interconnections with neighboring countries.