Northland Power announced that installation of all 54 foundations, including monopiles and transition pieces, for the 332 MW Nordsee One offshore wind power project located in the North Sea, was successfully completed six weeks ahead of schedule on April 16, 2016.
The foundations are up to 70 meters tall, and each one weighs about 900 tons — the weight of about 750 cars. Installation was performed by Nordsee One's installation contractor GeoSea, and the foundations were manufactured by Ambau. Installation of the inter-array cables and the offshore substation will begin in the coming months; wind turbine installation is anticipated to begin in early 2017.
The Nordsee One wind farm will consist of 54 wind turbines with an overall installed capacity of 332 MW. Once commissioned in 2017, the wind farm is expected to produce an annual output of more than 1,300 gigawatt-hours of electrical energy, enough to supply the equivalent of about 400,000 German households. Nordsee One is owned by Northland (85 percent) and RWE International SE (15 percent).
"Completion of the foundation installation is an important project milestone, and I'm pleased to report that the project remains on time and on budget," noted John Brace, CEO of Northland. "I would like to acknowledge the collective efforts of the project team and contractors, and our partner RWE; we look forward to continued collaboration over the coming months."
Northland is an independent power producer founded in 1987, and publicly traded since 1997. Northland develops, builds, owns and operates facilities that produce 'clean' (natural gas) and 'green' (wind, solar, and hydro) energy, providing sustainable long-term value to shareholders, stakeholders, and host communities.
The company owns or has a net economic interest in 1,338 MW of operating generating capacity and 1,032 MW (692 MW net to Northland) of generating capacity under construction, including a 60 percent equity stake in Gemini, a 600 MW offshore wind project, and an 85 percent equity stake in Nordsee One, a 332 MW offshore wind project, both located in the North Sea; as well as a 100 MW onshore wind farm in Grand Bend, Ontario currently in construction.