Orsted’s 253MW Gode Wind 3 offshore wind farm in Germany has started producing electricity, delivering its first power to the transmission network.

On Wednesday, the Gode Wind 3 farm, jointly owned by Orsted and Nuveen Infrastructure, produced electricity for the first time and fed it into the national grid.

Generated electricity was delivered to the wind farm’s offshore substation and then forwarded to the converter station of the transmission system operator, TenneT. The renewable energy was then transported to Hilenriedersiel in East Frisia on the Lower Saxony coast.

At the end of April, the first of the 23 Siemens Gamesa SG 11.0-200DD turbines was installed at the offshore site, located 32km off the island of Norderney in northern Germany, using Wind Osprey, Cadeler’s newly upgraded jack-up vessel.

According to Siemens Gamesa, each SG 11.0-200DD has a capacity of 11MW, with a rotor diameter of 200m. The nacelles for the units are produced in Siemens Gamesa’s Cuxhaven factory in Germany while the 97m-long blades are manufactured at the company’s site in Aalborg, Denmark.

Orsted completed the divestment of 50% of the Gode Wind 3 project to Nuveen Infrastructure last December.

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Speaking of the deal when it was agreed in October, Peter Obling, head of central Europe at Orsted, said: “We continue to see strong investor interest for offshore wind farms. As the leading developer of offshore wind in Germany, Ørsted is committed to being a central part of the German Energiewende, and we will continue to work to support the green transformation in this strategic market.”

In the coming weeks, 22 additional wind turbines will be placed on top of the monopiles and put into operation at Gode Wind 3.