A contract has been awarded by TenneT, the Dutch-German transmission system operator, to a consortium comprising of Siemens Energy and Dragados Offshore, a Cobra IS subsidiary, to construct three offshore windfarm energy converter platforms in the North Sea. The platforms will collect alternating current from various wind farms and convert it into high voltage direct current (HVDC), which will then be transformed back into alternating current at onshore stations in Wilhelmshaven and Heide, German towns situated roughly 200 km away.
The construction of each converter platform, which weighs approximately 34,000 tonnes, is expected to create over 2,000 jobs and provide work until 2031. This project is part of Germany’s Energy Transition Plan, which aims to establish a significant offshore wind power generation network. Dragados Offshore was recently awarded six additional HVDC projects of the same kind.