Offshore wind turbine

Danish offshore wind service provider A2SEA has won a contract from DONG Energy for the installation of 97 Siemens 6MW wind turbines at the Gode Wind 1 and 2 projects in the North Sea.

A2SEA will deploy its second generation offshore installation vessel ‘Sea Installer’ with work set to begin in the first half of 2015.

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A2SEA CEO Jens Hansen said that as there are only a few offshore wind projects until the company expects an increase in 2017, it wants to keep its vessels deployed continuously to keep costs down.

"Furthermore, we see the agreement as an acknowledgment of our previous work and I believe we have shown our worth with e.g. the installation of 235 turbines in 2013," said Hansen.

DONG Energy is developing the wind farms totalling 582MW off the North Sea island of Juist, around 45km from the German coast in water depths of up to 34m.

Siemens was awarded a contract to supply turbines for the projects, 330MW Gode Wind 1 and 252MW Gode Wind 2 projects, in addition to providing five-year services for the turbines.

To be built with an estimated cost of approximately €2.2bn, the projects will generate enough electricity to power around 600,000 German households.

"We see the agreement as an acknowledgment of our previous work and I believe we have shown our worth."

Having already received necessary development permits from German authorities and interconnection commitment from TenneT, the developer will begin offshore construction on the projects in the first half of 2015 and expects to fully commission in the second half of 2016.

In August 2012, DONG Energy bought three offshore wind projects, Gode Wind 1, 2, and 3 with a total capacity of around 900MW, from PNE Wind.

DONG Energy managing director in Germany Trine Bojsen said that the company’s investment in the latest projects is the biggest and it is aimed to install 6.5GW offshore capacity in Europe until 2020.

"On completion of Gode Wind 1 and 2 we will be one step ahead, DONG Energy will have built a total of approximately 3.5 GW of offshore wind," Bojsen said.

Image: A2SEA will install Siemens turbines at Gode Wind 1 and 2 offshore projects. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.