Wind turbine

Wpd offshore has awarded a contract to power equipment manufacturer Senvion for the supply of 18 wind turbines, which will be installed at its 111MW Nordergründe offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

According to the contract terms, the German wind turbine manufacturer will deliver, install, and commission 18 of its 6.2M126 models for the offshore facility.

The plant is situated in up to 10m of water depth within the 12-sea mile zone at around 40km to the north-west of Bremerhaven.

Senvion CEO Andreas Nauen said: "This project will create a lot of value locally.

"Thanks to the clear compensation provisions of the EEG (Renewable Energy Sources Act) our clients will be able to plan reliably, but the German offshore sector will soon need clear indicators for the years after 2019.

"The preparations for EEG 3.0 are the next step, and must start this year."

"The preparations for EEG 3.0 are the next step, and must start this year."

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Wpd offshore, the developer for the project, expects it to be completed by autumn 2016.

Once commissioned, the power project will generate sufficient energy annually to power 70,000 German households.

Ambau will provide the foundations for the Nordergründe project, however BVT, NSW and Bilfinger will be responsible for the substation deliveries, internal cabling, and installation works, respectively.

As well as the offshore facility, wpd has the 288MW Butendiek wind farm in the German North Sea under its portfolio.

Image: Senvion 6.2M126 wind turbine at Handewitt in Germany. Photo: courtesy of Senvion SE.