Beatrice Offshore Windfarm

Vysiion, managed technology solutions provider and a specialist in complex infrastructure and communication technology, has been awarded contracts to support SSE’s Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project (BOWL).

The £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Windfarm has only recently been given the go-ahead for construction by owners SSE (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) (35%) and SDIC Power (25%). It is one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure.

The wind farm is being developed with a significant tier 1 supply chain comprising Seaway Heavy Lifting, Subsea 7, Nexans and Siemens. Vysiion has been contracted to support Siemens Transmission and Distribution (STDL) during the construction and operational phases.

Situated in the Outer Moray Firth the 588MW, 84 turbine wind farm is expected to power approximately 450,000 homes. Construction at the new £10m operations and maintenance facility in Wick and the transmission works in Moray will commence this year with offshore construction set to begin in 2017. The farm is expected to become fully operational in 2019.

Vysiion will support STDL at a number of specific levels, including:

  • The design, supply, and installation of the offshore transmission owner (OFTO) and wind farm operator (WFO) switches at the onshore Substation at Blackhillock (nr Keith) and offshore Substation (OSS). To support this Vysiion will supply network equipment configuration files and core settings. Vysiion will connect each turbine string to the WFO SCADA network at the offshore transmission modules (OTMs).
  • The provision of passive interfaces and fibre connectivity between the common infrastructure and the WF/WFO/OFTO SCADA cabinets.
  • The Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) Communication Backbone Infrastructure for both the OFTO and WFO SCADA networks as the passive fibre infrastructure for both the WT SCADA, including the provisioning of a number of LAN/WAN connections at each location.
  • The provision of multimode cables to enable linkage with the local National Grid 400kV site at Blackhillock.
  • The design, co-ordination and configuring of interface systems to the DMZ at the Wick operations centre. This will include the supply and installation of a fully functioning LAN connected harsh environment CCTV system. Additionally intruder systems will be designed and implemented at each substation to complement security arrangements.
  • A fully functioning IP based telephony system that provides onshore-offshore communication, WiFi coverage at all onshore sites

As a core communication and infrastructure technology supporter to the project Vysiion will over the course of the construction look to support all variation requirements to this delivery.

Michael Grimshaw, Vysiion’s Infrastructure Sales Manager, comments: “Confirmation of the Beatrice contract is particularly pleasing as it is a project we have been tracking for a long time. The contract to support Siemen’s delivery to SSE encompasses all of the areas for which Vysiion has a great reputation.

“The relationship with Siemens continues to go from strength to strength and we would look to continue to support Siemen’s windfarm expertise in the coming months and years ahead.”

The Beatrice project consolidates Vysiion’s position as a core specialist provider of communications and infrastructure to the UK’s offshore and onshore wind farm developments. Previous successes include support for the London Array and Gwynt Y Mor, whilst existing support for Dudgeon, Galloper and East Anglia One along with the recent Rampion contract award has consolidated this position.

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“The relationship with Siemens continues to go from strength to strength and we would look to continue to support Siemen’s windfarm expertise in the coming months and years ahead.”
Michael Grimshaw

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