McDermott awarded its largest ever renewable energy project by TenneT

Source: press release, 15 February 2022

Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan (QMW) caters to the FPSO/FLNG and offshore/onshore module construction market
Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan (QMW) caters to the FPSO/FLNG and offshore/onshore module construction market (photo: McDermott International Ltd)

McDermott International has been awarded its largest ever renewable energy contract from TenneT for the BorWin6 980 MW high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) project. Through a consortium with Global Energy Interconnection Research Institute Co., Ltd. and C-EPRI Electric Power Engineering Co., Ltd. (GEIRI/C-EPRI), McDermott will provide engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) services.

The project is for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of an HVDC offshore converter platform, located 190 kilometres offshore Germany on the Platform North Sea Cluster 7 in a water depth up to 40 metres. Electricity generated from offshore wind farms will be converted into direct current and transported to an onshore converter station located 45 kilometres onshore near Büttel, Germany.

“This major EPCIC award elevates our growing energy transition portfolio and signifies our expansion into the thriving offshore wind market, further strengthening our global ambitions in the renewables sector,” says Samik Mukherjee, McDermott’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

McDermott will lead the consortium with GEIRI/C-EPRI through an integrated execution model utilizing McDermott’s extensive global engineering centers and strategically located fabrication yards. The consortium will leverage McDermott’s extensive project management, engineering, global procurement and fabrication expertise and GEIRI / C-EPRI’s proven HVDC experience and world-class network solutions.

“Our integrated EPCIC delivery model, combined with nearly a century of experience executing some of the most challenging offshore projects in the world, make us ideally suited to support TenneT on this important offshore grid connection project,” says Tareq Kawash, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East, Africa. “Additionally, our HVDC Center of Excellence in The Hague is strategically positioned to lead our execution delivery in the European market.”

On the HVDC offshore platform, McDermott’s scope includes the engineering, procurement, fabrication, transport and installation and commissioning of the topside module and jacket. On the onshore converter station, McDermott’s scope includes the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning.

GEIRI/C-EPRI’s scope includes the engineering, manufacture, supply, installation supervision and commissioning of the HVDC system for the onshore and offshore converter stations.

The engineering and project management will be executed from McDermott’s HVDC center of excellence in The Hague with support from its Chennai and Gurgaon offices. The fabrication of the topside is planned to be executed by the Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan (QMW) Fabrication Facility in Qingdao, China, and the jacket from McDermott’s Batam fabrication yard in Indonesia.