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Wärtsilä has signed a contract with Babcock International Group to design and build a number of switchboards and distribution boards for the Hornsea Project One offshore reactive compensation station. The Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm is currently under construction at Babcock Rosyth in Scotland.

Wärtsilä will supply the Wärtsilä Low voltage switchboards for this reactive compensation station. The reactive compensation station enables the high voltage AC system to work with cable lengths longer than those previously used for offshore wind, and will be located between the offshore wind farm and shore. Hornsea Project One is located 120 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast in Northern England and will span an area of approximately 407 square kilometres. Work to construct the reactive compensation station is ongoing and is set to be completed by engineering support services company Babcock in 2018. It is expected to be operational in 2020.

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