Storm adds to German offshore pain

Autumn storms lash the Dan Tysk offshore wind site

Autumn storms lash the Dan Tysk offshore wind site

Weather that reached hurricane-force with Storm Xaver last week was the latest, albeit most extreme, example of conditions that have caused delays at some German offshore wind projects over recent months – despite also pushing power output from existing plants to new highs.

Wind power generation in the area covered by network operator TenneT on Thursday at times exceeded 10.5GW, a record output this year and one that forced it to take grid-balancing measures, the transmission system operator said.

But the bad news was that gale-force winds that reached more than 170km per hour and towering waves forced companies to stop their offshore wind construction activities – as has already happened several times this autumn.

Trianel, a consortium of German and Austrian municipal utilities, told Recharge that construction costs at its 400MW Borkum West 2 wind Log in to read complete article.

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