Building on Siemens Energy’s competence in electrical systems and subsea wet-mate connectors and Subsea7’s competence in subsea engineering and offshore construction for the oil and gas and renewables markets, the two companies have entered into a joint development agreement for a subsea high-voltage plug and power hub dedicated to floating offshore wind, according to a Subsea7 LinkedIn announcement.
The companies said the technology will enable connection of multiple wind turbines into one subsea hub, allowing for more flexibility in offshore wind farm architecture and construction. The flexibility offered will contribute to lower capex and higher power availability by enabling efficient maintenance of offshore floating wind systems.
Earlier this month, Siemens Energy and Dragados Offshore were awarded a contract worth more than 4 billion euros ($4.29 billion) to build two converter systems for offshore wind energy grid connections in Germany.
And in September of last year, Saipem and Siemens Energy signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop the design for a 500-MW high-voltage alternating current floating electrical substation for offshore wind farms.