Van Oord completes foundation installation Deutsche Bucht

The installation of all 31 foundations at Northland Power’s offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht has been completed. Copyright: Northland Deutsche Bucht

Northland Deutsche Bucht GmbH announced that all 31 monopile foundations at the German offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht have been installed. The installation of the foundations was performed by Van Oord and was completed within the planned timeframe.

Van Oord was awarded the Balance of Plant in 2017 and is responsible for the design, procurement, manufacturing, and installation of the foundations, the substation and inter-array cabling.

The Dutch contractor used the installaion vessel Seajacks Scylla. Reloading of the foundations took place at the offshore base port in Cuxhaven. The monopiles, measuring an average of 78 metres in length, were produced in Rostock while the transition pieces, which measure 26 meters in height, were produced in Spain.

The completion of the installation symbolises the end of the first phase of construction. The next phase includes inter-array medium-voltage cabling and is planned for this spring.

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Bucht is being constructed around 95 kilometres to the northwest of the isle of Borkum in Germany’s Exclusive Economic Zone. It will have a total grid capacity of 269 MW generated by 33 Vestas V164-8.4 turbines, 31 on monopile foundations and 2 on innovative Mono Bucket foundations. The latter are planned to be installed in the second quarter of this year.

Completion of the commissioning phase is planned for the second half of 2019. Once fully operational, the wind farm will generate enough electricity to power around 328,000 households. The project company Northland Deutsche Bucht is 100 per cent owned by Canadian power producer Northland Power Inc.

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