All turbines in at Bard Offshore 1

Bard has completed construction work on the heavily-delayed 400MW Bard Offshore 1 wind farm, located around 100km northwest of the island of Borkum in the German North Sea, with the installation of the 80th turbine.

Bard says in the first seven months of this year a record number of more than 40 turbines were installed and connected to the grid at the same time. This was made possible by deploying four jack-up installation vessels and a hotel ship, as well as more than a dozen specialized support vessels.

To date, 65 of the 5MW  turbines have been connected to the grid, with the remaining 15 due to be connected by September.

Bard Offshore 1, covering an area of around 60 sq km,  was originally supposed to be completed in mid-2011 but has been plagued by construction delays.

Bard had ambitions to become the world’s first vertically-integrated offshore wind player, involved in everything from turbine and foundation production to project development and installation work.

But in the face of ballooning costs on Bard Offshore 1, the group has tried at first to sell itself as a whole, and later acknowledged its willingness to divest itself in chunks. So far, however, its search for a buyer has been unsuccessful.