First turbine at Nordergründe offshore wind farm installed

The first wind energy plant of the offshore wind farm Nordergründe has been installed. (Photo: wpd)
The first wind energy plant of the offshore wind farm Nordergründe has been installed. (Photo: wpd)

On August 16, the first wind energy turbine has been installed at the offshore wind site Nordergründe in the German North Sea. The first turbine of the 111 MW wind park was produced by Senvion and has a capacity of 6.15 MW.

At the beginning of August, the conversion of the installation ship MPI Enterprise for erecting the wind turbines in the Weser estuary began. Previously, all 18 foundation structures had already been installed.

“We have arrived at an important stage in the nearshore wind energy project. The whole wpd team is delighted at reaching this milestone”, says Project Manager, Hans-Christoph Brumberg.

Funding for the project was concluded in June 2015 with the participation of the European Investment Bank and KfW IPEX. A 30% share of the project has been sold by project developer wpd to the John Laing Group plc, a specialist for infrastructure projects. Besides wpd and John Laing, the Gothaer insurance group has also been acting as an equity provider since the end of 2015.

Nordergründe is the first German offshore project for which all the major work is being supplied and installed exclusively by manufacturers based in Germany and producing in the north-west region of the country. As well as Senvion (turbines), the companies involved are Ambau (foundations), BVT (transformer substation), NSW (internal cabling) and Bilfinger (installation). The Nordergründe wind farm is being built within the 12 sea mile zone of the German North Sea 15 km north-east of the island of Wangerooge.

Tanja Peschel / wpd

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