Installation of 80 of Areva’s 5MW M5000-116 turbines is poised to begin at the 400MW Global Tech 1 wind farm off the German North Sea coast.
The first three nacelles and towers have already been transported to the so-called ABC peninsula at the offshore terminal at Bremerhaven, ready for shipping to the wind farm’s location 180km from the port, Global Tech 1 said.
Construction of the wind farm actually began in August 2012, and so far 51 tripod foundations have been installed in water depths of 40 metres, while cable laying is also in full swing.
Global Tech 1 now says it expects the plant to be fully operational by the summer of 2014, with the first turbines to feed electricity to the German grid via the interim grid connection BorWin 1 in the autumn of this year.
The wind farm will eventually channel its power via the BorWin 2 grid link, which won’t be ready in time in 2013 due to delays during its construction by transmission system operator TenneT, Global Tech told Recharge earlier this year.
TenneT has instead offered the interim connection via possible spare capacity at the BorWin1 grid connection that also handles electricity from the recently completed Bard Offshore 1 wind park. It is, however, unclear how much spare capacity BorWin1 will have, and Global Tech 1 has said it will be forced to claim compensation from TenneT for possible lost energy sales.
Global Tech 1 is owned by a consortium led by Munich utility Stadtwerke München (SWM) and regional Hesse utility HEAG Südhessische Energie (HSE) that each hold 24.9%, while Swiss energy company Axpo International holds 24.1%.