KEMA wins contract for 1,200 MW Offshore Wind Farm FEED study in Germany

KEMA wins contract for 1,200 MW Offshore Wind Farm FEED study in Germany

8 February 2010 – Energy consulting and testing & certification firm KEMA has won the open European tender on the “Front End Engineering Design Study” (FEED study) for two offshore wind farms in the North Sea. German utility EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG issued the tender. Once fully operational, the wind farms will have a maximum capacity of 1,200 MW and produce approximately 4.5 billion kilowatt-hours per year.

The results of the FEED study will provide input and basis for EnBW’s further project planning and investment decisions. The two offshore wind farms will be situated approximately 85 kilometers north of the island Borkum. The total capacity of the two wind farms will be up to 1,200 MW depending on the final wind farm layout and wind turbine generator design. The total area of the farms is 105 km² with water depth between 38 and 40 meters.

KEMA will be responsible for the set-up and evaluation of several design concepts, such as the park layout, wind turbine generator selection, foundation types, platform concepts, installation procedures and maritime logistics. This information will provide input for the design of the farm, which will be according to the specifications of the Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie – the German Federal Office for sea shipping and hydrography (BSH).

The project return will be optimized due to the consideration of total cost of ownership: purchasing, erection, operation and decommissioning with risk and sensitivity analyses. Major subjects are operation and maintenance, including crew transfer concepts, vessel types, helicopter transport, and accommodation platforms. The work will be carried out by an international team from KEMA offices in Arnhem (Netherlands), Bonn, Dresden and Hamburg (Germany). KEMA will be supported in this project by IMS Ingenieurgesellschaft GmbH, Hamburg, and DEWI GmbH, Wilhelmshaven.

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