German manufacturer EEW Special Pipe Constructions GmbH completed the first monopile for the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm, which will be built in German North Sea waters, on 18 February, according to industry media.
The first monopile weighs 1,363 tonnes has a diameter of 9 metres. Looking ahead to August 2022, 50 monopiles will be produced and work on them will continue until November this year. They will arrive at the wind farm site in spring 2023.
The Baltic Eagle wind farm will have a capacity of 476 MW. Its developer is Spanish RES investment leader Iberdrola. It will be its second project in German waters. The wind farm will be located 30 kilometres northeast of the island of Rügen. The installation will supply renewable energy to 475,000 households.
The group has selected MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as the official supplier of the MVOW V174 wind turbines, which are to be delivered and installed by 2024. In turn, Winda Renevables will manufacture 50 transition parts for the wind turbines.
The transport and installation of the foundations and the supply, transport and installation of the connection cables have been contracted to Van Oord. The Dutch company will use its 8,000-tonne heavy lift vessel, Svanen, to assemble 50 monopiles, which have installed more than 700 foundations across Europe. To lay the cables between the turbines, Van Oord will use its Nexus vessel and Dig-It excavator, which will be adapted to the harsh seabed conditions in the Baltic Sea.
The offshore substation – a central core designed to receive the electricity generated by the wind turbines and transform the voltage from 66 kV to 220 kV – will be installed and operated by 50Hertz, the transmission system operator in northeast Germany.