RWE is further progressing with the deployment of its Thor offshore wind farm by selecting two preferred suppliers for the electrical transmission system and entered into early works agreements with them. Siemens Energy becomes the preferred supplier for the design, construction and installation of the onshore high voltage substation. The work will be carried out by the company's Offshore Center of Competence, located in Ballerup, Denmark. HSM Offshore Energy is selected as preferred supplier for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of the offshore high voltage substation and its jacket foundation. RWE will build the Thor wind farm off the Danish west coast, approximately 22 kilometres from Thorsminde on the west coast of Jutland. With a planned capacity of 1,000 megawatts, Thor will be Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm to date. To connect the wind farm to the Danish grid, RWE will build two new substations, one at sea and one on land. The substation at sea is the nerve centre of the wind farm: the electricity produced by the individual wind turbines is collected here and transformed to transmission-level voltage. The green electricity will be transported through export cables to the new-build onshore substation Volder Søndervang, which is located close to the coastline and the adjacent grid connection point of the Danish grid operator, Energinet. A corresponding grid connection agreement has already been signed between RWE and Energinet in spring. RWE has purchased the land in the municipality of Lemvig where the onshore substation will be located and have carried out ground conditions and archaeological surveys. Siemens Energy will commence design works, followed by the procurement of main equipment and the submission of permit applications. It is expected that construction activities can be kicked-off on site in spring 2023. Siemens Energy is planning to carry out the civil engineering and construction works together with MT Højgaard Danmark, one of Denmark’s leading companies for large-scale building and infrastructure projects. The global acting company HSM Offshore Energy together with its engineering subcontractor Iv-Offshore & Energy has already successfully delivered several offshore substations for Energinet in the Danish North Sea. Based on its experience and technical know-how they created a highly efficient design for RWE’s Thor substation and its foundation. This reduces the use of structural steel and the energy needed during manufacturing – with steel sourcing and fabrication in Europe. Installation of the jacket foundation in water depth of up to 27 meters and installation of the substation are expected to take place in 2025 – followed by the commissioning and testing of the offshore substation in 2026.