Transmission system operator TenneT has awarded cable supplier Prysmian an order for a connection of the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm.
The order, topping €50m
($64.9m), is for a temporary link of the substation platform of the 273MW wind
park in the German North Sea via a 31km alternating-current (AC) cable to the converter platform of the BorWin2 grid
connection, from where electricity from several wind projects will flow to the
BorWin2, with a total
capacity of 800MW, is under construction by Siemens and slated to come
on line in the second half of 2014. It will also serve the 400MW Global Tech 1
and the Veja Mate development.
Deutsche Bucht was originally supposed to be linked to the BorWin4 grid connection, but TenneT
says BorWin4 is still in the tendering phase and no date is given for its
expected entry into service.
The temporary link to
BorWin2 will be commissioned by the end of 2015, TenneT says. The
Prysmian contract includes the design, manufacturing, delivery and
ready-to-use installation of AC cables.
Developer Windreich said late
last year that it had sold Deutsche Bucht to an unnamed British
The development of
German offshore wind has suffered serious delays - according to many
sector officials primarily due to TenneT’s slow provision of grid connections.