Swiss manufacturer of electrification products ABB and provider of engineering, construction, and maintenance solutions Aibel have announced a strategic partnership to deliver offshore wind integration solutions.

This partnership will see ABB focus on its high-voltage direct current (HVDC) technology, while Aibel provides turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services. In addition, Aibel will be responsible for the design, construction, installation, and commissioning of the offshore platforms.

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ABB's CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer said: “We are proud to partner with Aibel to tap the vast opportunities of the ongoing Energy Revolution and related offshore wind infrastructure investments.

"Together, we intend to grow our businesses by complementing each other’s strengths in unique customer services for offshore wind projects."

“Together, we intend to grow our businesses by complementing each other’s strengths in unique customer services for offshore wind projects.

“Strategic partnerships like this are a core pillar of our Next Level strategy and help us to drive growth while mitigating risk.”

To integrate wind power into national electrical grids requires complex engineering. The HVDC system is equipped with advanced technology to ensure optimum integration of intermittent renewables and control of power flows.

Aibel's president and CEO Jan Skogseth said: “We are very pleased to sign this cooperation agreement with ABB. Both ABB and Aibel have a proven track record of providing leading-edge solutions in their respective areas of expertise.

“We have successfully worked together before and I am convinced that with our combined strengths we will be a leading force to reckon with.”