European Offshore projects NI651


Sep. 1 2018

Electrical offshore substations comprise a vital and complex installation that links an offshore wind farm’s turbine and ensures that energy is transmitted to the electrical grid.

As substations grow in size, so do challenges. Improvements must be based on the development of efficient concepts and advanced functional platform design while maintaining harmonized requirements.

At Bureau Veritas, we have gained valuable offshore wind experience working on European Offshore projects, and in substation certification in particular. Following on our work on Rentel in the North Sea, we are developing a new Guidance Note (NI651) that covers the design of Offshore Substations.

Incorporating experience-based feedback and industry input, the Guidance Note responds to industry demands and addresses a clear and comprehensive overview of principles and technical requirements specific to the issues of offshore substations. In particular, our work includes guidance in geotechnical design and structural design for the jacket and topsides, with independent analysis. We are conducting other studies as well, including a review of corrosion protection.