From wind power to electricity : SPIE installs a transformer station for new Landwind Group wind farm

Published on 20 June 2022

Berlin, 20 June 2022 – SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa, the German subsidiary of SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, has been commissioned with the turnkey project of a transformer station for the new wind farm operated by the Landwind Group in Lower Saxony. SPIE convinced the new customer during the procurement process with the extensive experience and the sensible price-performance ratio offered by its Berlin-based Schaltanlagenbau business unit. Planning began in February of this year, and commissioning is scheduled for summer 2023.

Experience with renewables

The majority of wind farms constructed today require a transformer station to feed the energy generated into the high-voltage overhead power line network. Therefore, the energy transition from centralised fossil fuel power stations to a series of decentralised plants supplied by renewables such as wind and sun requires the establishment of numerous transformer stations close to the wind turbines. 

For many years now, SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa has been fitting out and operating not only “traditional” transformer stations, but also feed-in transformer stations for renewables such as wind and sun. “Our team possesses outstanding expertise and many years of experience with transformer stations for renewables,” says Hannes Simon, branch manager at High Voltage operational division’s Schaltanlagenbau business unit. “Over the past 25 years, we have planned and established more than 75 transformer stations for renewables – and, for some of these facilities, continue to perform operational management services too.”
It was this portfolio combined with excellent value for money that ultimately convinced the Landwind Group to award the contract to SPIE. “Since we impose strict requirements on the design of the transformer station and its integration in our systems in terms of control technology and IT security, we are delighted to have found a partner in SPIE which is capable of fulfilling our requirements with full integration,” says Alexander Heidebroek, Managing Director of the Landwind Group. 

A turnkey project: from planning to commissioning

The transformer station was commissioned as a turnkey project. “This means that our team performs all work steps – from execution planning in line with customer requirements through to delivery, assembly and commissioning,” says Hannes Weinreich, the Berlin-based sales manager at High Voltage operational division’s Schaltanlagenbau business unit. The planning engineers in the Schaltanlagenbau unit perform detailed advance planning to ensure that everything goes smoothly on-site

. The programming and implementation of the protection parameters also undergo extensive testing beforehand. “Fitting out a transformer station all the way through to the turnkey commissioning stage is a lot of responsibility but, thanks to our team of experts covering every area, this is a responsibility we will live up to,” says Hannes Simon with pride. “In addition, our colleagues from the CityNetworks & Grids operational division of SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa are helping us to install the 110 kV cable,” says Simon. The transformer station in Gevensleben is scheduled to be commissioned in summer 2023.