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Windtech International July August 2024 issue






Princess Elisabeth Island 300 200The HSI Joint Venture, consisting of HSM Offshore Energy, Smulders, and Iv, has been awarded the contract for the Modular Offshore Grid 2 (MOG2) for Princess Elisabeth Island off the Belgian coast by transmission system operator Elia.

The Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation, and Commissioning contract includes the design and construction of four high voltage alternating current substations (two 1050 MW, two 700 MW), a facility module, and a garage. Engineering, which includes the development of the layout and 3D model of all the MOG2 transmission assets located on the energy island, will be carried out from the Iv office in Papendrecht, the Netherlands. For prefabrication works, Smulders will use its Belgian branches and HSM will use its Schiedam facilities in the Netherlands. Final assembly of the modules will take place at the HSM Offshore Energy yard in Schiedam and at the Smulders yard in Vlissingen, Netherlands.

The energy island will be located approximately 45 kilometres off the coast and will measure approximately 12 hectares above the waterline. The area provided for the installation of the electrical infrastructure is approximately 6 hectares. The artificial island will be located within the Princess Elisabeth wind zone.

Construction of the substations starts in May 2025, and installation on the island will take place from 2027. Construction will continue until the first quarter of 2029. Elia aims to have the installations ready to welcome the first offshore parks in 2030.

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