Ørsted’s Borssele offshore wind farm delivers first power

30 April 2020 (Last Updated July 28th, 2020 14:23)

Danish renewable energy company Ørsted has announced that its 752MW offshore wind farm Borssele 1 and 2 generated the first clean power to the Dutch grid.

Ørsted’s Borssele offshore wind farm delivers first power
First turbines at Ørsted’s Dutch offshore wind farm Borssele 1 & 2. Credit: Ørsted A/S.

Danish renewable energy company Ørsted has announced that its 752MW offshore wind farm Borssele 1 and 2 generated the first clean power to the Dutch grid.

The company noted that its first wind turbine has started the supply of electricity.

Ørsted Netherlands country manager Steven Engels said: “It’s been a long, but satisfactory journey since we started developing the Dutch offshore wind market in 2013.

“After having won the Borssele 1 & 2 tender in 2016 with an industry breakthrough price of €72.7 per MWh, its great news that we’ve reached another major milestone today with the first supply of wind energy to the Netherlands.”

Located 22km off the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland, the Borssele 1 and 2 wind farm complex will feature 94 Siemens Gamesa’s wind turbines with 8MW capacity each.

Construction works were launched in January with the installation of the first foundation.

The facility is situated at water depths ranging from 14m to 39.7m.

Once completed, Borssele 1 & 2 will be the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

Borssele 1 & 2 senior programme director Flemming Thomsen said: “This is a big milestone for Borssele 1 & 2. Ørsted is doing its utmost to allow the construction of the offshore wind farm to continue during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We do this in a way that puts the health and safety of our contractors and our own employees first. For the time being, this is succeeding, and construction is on schedule. We’re helped in this by good cooperation with our contractors and a constructive dialogue with national and local authorities.”