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GE installs first turbine at 396MW Merkur offshore wind farm in North Sea

CTBR Staff Writer Published 09 March 2018

General Electric (GE) has installed the first turbine at the 396MW Merkur offshore wind farm located 35km off the coast of the island of Borkum in the German North Sea.

For this wind farm, GE is supplying 66 of its Haliade 150-6MW offshore turbines. Each turbine's height is 177.6m, with the hub height being 102.6m. The rotor diameter is 150m.

GE stated that installation vessel SeaFox 5 sailed from Merkur's logistic hub in Eemshaven (Netherlands) was used for installing the first set of wind turbines at the sea.

The remaining turbines are expected to be installed by this September and the commissioning process is expected to continue until the end of this year.

GE plans to ship the remaining nacelles, blades and tower pieces to Eemshaven logistics hub until mid-summer.  

When the wind farm is fully commissioned, it is expected to become the largest offshore wind farm in Germany.

This wind farm is capable of generating about 1.75GWh of clean energy annually, which is enough to power around 500,000 German households. As part of the contract, GE will also provide operation & maintenance services for 10 years.

Merkur is expected to offset at least 560,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, during its 25 year life time.

GE Renewable Energy was chosen for this offshore wind project back in June 2015 by Merkur Offshore Company to supply the turbines.

DEME Concessions owns 12.5% of the stake in the wind farm along with InfraRed Capital Partners owning 25% stake. Partners Group is the largest stakeholder of the wind farm with 50% stake. The remaining 12.5% stake is owned by GE Energy Financial Services and Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Énergie (ADEME) with 6.25% each.

Image: Merkur offshore wind farm is expected to be completed by this year end. Photo: Courtesy of General Electric.