Belgian joint venture finishes Baltic Eagle offshore platform

On Monday, November 21st, Elia Group welcomed Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open Vld) and the Belgian Federal Minister of Energy, Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen) to visit the Baltic Eagle offshore transmission platform. The project is a joint responsibility of Spanish energy group Iberdrola and 50Hertz, German subsidiary of Belgian Elia.

The offshore platform, the central part of the Baltic Eagle project, is being constructed by Equans-Smulders, a joint venture of two Belgian companies. It will be built in Hoboken (Antwerp, Belgium) and transported out into the German Baltic Sea by December this year.

Electricity for 475 000 homes

Baltic Eagle is an offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea, located 30 kilometers to the northeast of Rügen Island in Germany. It will be connected to the grid connection point at the Lubmin substation (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) via two 90-km-long high-voltage subsea cables.

Baltic Eagle (476 MW) will have 50 wind turbines, with a capacity of 9,53 MW each, leading to an annual generation of 1,9 TWh, or enough to meet the needs of 475 000 households and avoid almost one million tons of CO2 emissions.

Helideck op top

The transmission platform will have a foundation and a topside. The topside will house the transformers and all of the electrical equipment and will consist of a closed multistorey module of five decks. It will have an estimated net weight of 4 250 tons.

The upper part of the platform will be 50,8 m long and 30,7 m wide. Its highest point will be 40,5 m above sea level, and have a helideck.

Decarbonization objectives

The state-of-the-art platform showcases Belgium’s involvement and expertise in the construction and development of the European offshore grid and wind generation industry. The project will enable our countries to meet future energy challenges and European decarbonization objectives.

Tinne Van der Straeten: “Belgium is a global leader in offshore wind. Thanks to our expertise and know-how, our companies are exporting climate solutions worldwide so that other countries can accelerate the replacement of oil and gas with offshore wind energy.”

Cockerill shipyard

The European Commission recently highlighted the essential role that offshore electricity generation will play in achieving the EU’s 2050 climate targets. The EU plans to increase its offshore wind power capacity from 15 GW to at least 60 GW and 300 GW by 2030 and 2050, respectively.

The former Cockerill shipyard in Hoboken has become a specialist in these high-tech offshore installations in recent years. Two companies are responsible for this. Equans (formerly Fabricom) and Smulders Group. Together, they build the constructions ‘from scratch’, each with their own expertise.

Equans & Smulders

Equans contributes to the energy transition by combining its expertise in engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning of offshore high-voltage platforms and the monitoring and maintenance of complete offshore wind farms.

Smulders is an established market leader specializing in steel constructions, with an extensive track record of 37 substations and more than 2 500 wind turbine foundations.

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