March 2017First turbine successfully installed at Nordsee One offshore construction site
- Installation of first turbine completed according to schedule
- All 54 wind turbine foundations, inter-array cables and the offshore substation were installed in 2016
- Commissioning of the 332 megawatt wind farm anticipated by the end of 2017
Last week, at the base port in Eemshaven, installation of the 54 wind turbines that will comprise the Nordsee One Offshore Wind Farm commenced: Two sets of wind turbines each consisting of a fully assembly steel tower, a nacelle and a pre-assembled rotor, were loaded onto the installation vessel “MPI Enterprise”, which transported the components to the construction site at sea located approximately 40 km north off the island of Juist. Upon arrival at the offshore site, the first of the two turbines was installed using the installation vessel’s own crane.
Pierre Lestienne, Managing Director (CFO) of Nordsee One GmbH explained: “We have reached this important milestone according to schedule and within budget. I'm really proud of this achievement. This outcome is the result of precise planning and efficient execution.”
The huge dimensions of the Senvion six megawatt-turbines’ individual components are impressive to behold: the nacelles alone weigh-in at approx. 335 tonnes and are equivalent in size to a detached single-family home. The nacelles (turbine house) includes for example the transformer, gearbox and generator. The tower itself measures almost 70 metres overall in length, and weighs over 240 tonnes. Each rotor blade is 61 meters in length and weighs approximately 20 tonnes.
Tim Kittelhake, Managing Director (COO) of Nordsee One GmbH added: “The team worked together hand-in-hand, so the loading of the first major components at our base port in Eemshaven, as well as the installation at sea, both went very smoothly. We look forward to installation of the next turbines, which will follow immediately. We plan to have all turbines installed and commissioned by the end of this year”
In April 2016 installation of the turbine foundations was completed. The substation was installed last summer, and the inter-array cable laying was successfully completed in September 2016. Once completed, the Nordsee One wind farm will consist of 54 wind turbines of the type Senvion 6.2M126 with an overall installed capacity of 332 megawatts. Nordsee One is owned by Northland Power Inc. (85%) and innogy SE (15%).
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Nordsee One GmbH
Northland is an independent power producer founded in 1987, and publicly traded since 1997. Northland develops, builds, owns and operates facilities that produce 'clean' (natural gas) and 'green' (wind, solar, and hydro) energy, providing sustainable long-term value to shareholders, stakeholders, and host communities. The Company owns or has a net economic interest in 1,394 MW of operating generating capacity and 932 MW (642 MW net to Northland) of generating capacity under construction, including a 60% equity stake in Gemini, a 600 MW offshore wind project, also located in the North Sea. Northland's cash flows are diversified over four geographically separate regions and regulatory jurisdictions in Canada and Europe. Northland's common shares, Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3 preferred shares and Series B and Series C convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols NPI, NPI.PR.A, NPI.PR.B, NPI.PR.C, NPI.DB.B, and NPI.DB.C, respectively. For more information: www.northlandpower.ca
About innogy SE
innogy SE is Germany’s leading energy company, with revenue of around €46 billion (2015), more than 40,000 employees and activities in 16 countries across Europe. With its three business segments Grid & Infrastructure, Retail and Renewables, innogy addresses the requirements of a modern, decarbonised, decentralised and digital energy world. Its activities focus on its 23 million customers, and on offering them innovative and sustainable products and services which enable them to use energy more efficiently and improve their quality of life. The key markets are Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as several countries in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe, especially the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. In renewable power generation, the company is also active in other regions, e.g. Spain, Italy and the MENAT region (Middle East, North Africa and Turkey), with a total capacity of 3.6 gigawatts. As a leader of innovation in future-oriented fields like eMobility, we are represented in the international hot-spots of the technology industry such as Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv and Berlin. We combine the extensive expertise of our energy technicians and engineers with digital technology partners, from start-ups to major corporates. With planned capital investments of around €6.5 billion (2016-2018), we are building the power market of the future and driving forward the transformation of the energy market. innogy was formed from the restructuring of the RWE Group and started operations on 1 April 2016. Its IPO in October 2016 made innogy SE Germany’s most valuable energy company. innogy is colourful, flexible and full of energy – let’s innogize!
Further information: www.innogy.com
innogy is number four worldwide in offshore wind, with an installed capacity of more than 900 megawatts. In onshore wind too, we are one of the major operators in Europe, with over 1800 megawatts. We plan, build and operate plants to generate power and extract energy from renewable sources. Our aim is to take the expansion of renewables in Europe further in the short term, both on our own and working with partners. We believe that working together in this way is the key to making the energy transition a success. Currently, we are particularly strongly represented in our home market, Germany, followed by the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands and Poland. At the moment we are focusing on continuing to expand our activities in onshore and offshore wind power as well as reinforcing hydro-electric power generation. We are also looking at entering new markets and technologies, such as large-scale photovoltaic plants, even beyond our core European markets.