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EnBW starts construction on 609MW offshore wind farms in North Sea

CTBR Staff Writer Published 13 April 2018

German utilities company EnBW has started the construction of the Hohe See and Albatros offshore wind farms, which have a total capacity of 609MW, in the North Sea.

These two wind farms with 87 wind turbines are expected to generate enough electricity to be supplied to all private households in Munich annually, the company stated.

The projects are expected to employ more than 500 people during the peak construction phase. They will also see the engagement of 40 ships in the construction work. The ship Pacific Osprey is being used to transport the foundations to the construction site.

EnBW Portfolio Development Head Dirk Güsewell said: “EnBW Hohe See and Albatros are together the largest offshore project currently being constructed in Germany.

“We are thus strengthening our position as one of the leading offshore project developers and operators in Germany.”

EnBW’s Hohe See will be located 95km north of Borkum and 100km northwest of Helgoland and Albatros is being constructed in the immediate vicinity.

Turbines for the projects will be supplied and installed by Siemens Gamesa. The company will supply its SWT-7.0-154 turbines including the foundations and the transformation platform for Albatross. Array cable work has been allocated to VBMS, while a consortium of ENGIE Fabricom, Iemants NV and CG Holdings Belgium NV will be responsible for the transformer platform for Hohe See.

In 2018, the foundation and the transformer station for Hohe See are expected to be installed and the cables for the wind farm will be laid. Erection of wind turbines and the transformer station for Albatross are planned for next year.

By the end of next year, both the wind farms are expected to begin their operations, generating around 2.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity every year, while avoiding 1.9 million tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

Image: Offshore Wind Farm EnBW Baltic 1. Photo: Courtesy of EnBW/Matthias Ibeler.