Iberdrola, a Spanish energy company, has set up a substation in Brittany, France, for its 500 MW Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm. Reportedly, the substation will start operating the following year and will be the first significant application of this technology in France. At the Saint-Brieuc power plant, 62 offshore wind turbines have been installed. Once they are operational, the 3,400 tonnes substation will collect clean energy generated by those wind turbines.
The offshore facility will offset approximately 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually in addition to generating enough clean energy to power and heat 835,000 households. Iberdrola will deploy 90 km of submarine cables for the transmission of renewable energy generated from the wind farms. A joint venture (JV) between Smulders and Equans constructed the substation in Belgium. Smulders was responsible for the engineering and construction of the substation’s foundations, and Equans was responsible for the assembly and commissioning of the substation.
In May 2022, Iberdrola started construction on the 50.5 MW Korytnica II wind farm in Poland. The plant, which is located north of Warsaw in the Mazowieckie region, would increase the company’s onshore wind power capacity in Poland to 163 MW. Iberdrola already operates the 30 MW Zopowy wind farm in the Opole region, as well as the 82.5 MW Korytnica I wind farm.