Swedish multinational power company Vattenfall has selected Aker Solutions, in a consortium with Siemens Energy, as preferred bidder for the Norfolk offshore wind project.

Aker Solutions will work in a consortium with Siemens Energy on the Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas wind farms. If the Swedish firm makes a final investment decision on the project, the parties will enter an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation contract for the leases.

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The wind farms lie in the North Sea, of the coast of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in the east of England.

Vattenfall offshore business development head Catrin Jung said: “We’re extremely confident both in our choice of Siemens Energy and Aker Solutions as the preferred bidder and in our decision to use innovative HVDC technology.

“Siemens Energy and Aker Solutions excelled during the feasibility and concept stage, bringing strong technical capabilities to the process.”

Under the contract, the consortium will be responsible for delivering high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) electric power converter platforms for the grid connection infrastructure.

With a planned combined capacity of 3.6GW, the zone is said to become one of the largest offshore zones in the world upon completion.

Vattenfall project director for Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas Rob Anderson said: “Vattenfall’s Norfolk developments will use cutting-edge technology.

“These types of projects are always a partnership, and we’re very happy that Siemens Energy and Aker Solutions’ expertise will oversee the HVDC converter infrastructure in Norfolk.

“In addition, this appointment will give the local supply chain the opportunity to engage with Siemens Energy and Aker Solutions to explore the huge opportunities on offer at what will be the largest offshore zone in the world.”