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Facilitating Cost Reduction through the Review of Offshore Grid Standards

Published 10 March 2016

The Security and Quality of Supply Standard (SQSS) modification review workgroup, named GSR020, has evaluated the proposal requesting acceptance for single transformer offshore substations above 90MW as SQSS-compliant.

The conclusion accepted by the SQSS Review Panel is that offshore wind power plants with at least two offshore transmission modules are compliant with the standard. The implications are positive for cost reduction, as the decision opens up a range of solutions delivering good value for money across different sites. However, the agreement is not without controversy: therefore, it is beneficial to explore the good practices and lessons learned within the group and how this helped it to come to fruition.

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