The 325 MW Thornton Bank offshore wind farm has been connected to the Belgian grid via subsea transmission link provided by ABB.

ABB was responsible for system engineering, design, supply and commissioning of the alternating current (AC) subsea cables, the land-based cable systems, the offshore substation and an offshore transformer station.

Thornton Bank
Wind turbines were connected through underwater medium-voltage cables to the offshore transformer station, which will increase the voltage to 150kV and integrated to the mainland grid at the Slijkens high-voltage substation at Bredene.

The plant is set to power around 300,000 households and will account for about 7 per cent of the Belgian 2020 renewable energy target.

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