Full power at Denmark's Anholt

Denmark’s 400MW Anholt offshore wind farm is fully powered following the grid-connection of the last of its 111 turbines, said developer Dong Energy.

Although final commissioning work will continue during the summer, the powering up of the final 3.6MW Siemens turbine means the end is in sight for Denmark’s largest offshore wind project so far.

Turbine installation ended in May after a schedule that aimed to set new benchmarks for how quickly an offshore wind farm could be built.

Flemming Thomsen, project director at Dong Energy, said: “When we tendered for the contract in 2010, we were fully aware that the task of installing the 111 turbines in the course of two winters and one summer was going to be a tough challenge.

“But with excellent planning and efficient project management we completed the task on schedule, and within the deadlines set out in the tender conditions.”

“Eighteen months of highly intensive offshore installation work are over. The weather in the autumn and winter was tougher than normal, so staying on track was a particularly tough challenge,” Thomsen added.

Anholt will supply some 4% of Denmark’s total power needs. Two Danish pension funds bought a 50% stake in Anholt in early 2011.