ABB has secured a contract worth about $80m to supply advanced cable system for the 274MW Rentel offshore wind farm off the coast of Belgium.


The cable system will connect the offshore substation at the windfarm located off the Belgian coastline to the mainland close to Zeebrugge.

Under the deal, ABB will design, manufacture and install about 40 kilometer long extruded three-core 220-kilovolt alternating current (AC) submarine cable system that will have a transmission capacity of nearly 300MW.

The electricity transmitted from the wind farm will contribute to a greener power supply in Belgium.

The wind farm will generate over 1GWh of renewable power, enough to power more than 280,000 households.

ABB power grids division president Claudio Facchin said: "The Rentel wind farm cable link will help bring clean wind power to the people of Belgium."

"It is another example of ABB technologies that enable the integration of renewable energy and lower the environmental impact, which is an integral element of the company’s Next Level strategy."

The Rentel windfarm connection is expected to help Belgium meet its environmental objectives for 2020, and increase the share of renewable energy to 13% of entire electricity production.

The Rentel wind farm will feature 42 turbines, each producing 7MW. Construction of the project is due to begin in early 2017 and it is expected to be completed by 2018.

Image: ABB to supply cables to connect Rentel wind farm off the coast of Belgium. Photo: Courtesy of ABB.