The first steel foundation, or monopile, for the 332 MW Nordsee One offshore wind project was successfully installed ahead of schedule on Dec. 15. The wind farm, located in German territorial waters in the North Sea, will consist of 54 Senvion turbines and is owned by Northland Power Inc. (85%) and RWE Innogy GmbH (15%).
‘Today's accomplishment is very exciting for everyone involved,’ says Pierre Lestienne and Tim Kittelhake, the joint managing directors of the project. ‘Achieving this milestone reflects months of effort and progress, and was a result of the hard work and cooperation of our team and project partners.’
Nordsee One has contracted installation of the monopiles from GeoSea, an international specialist in offshore marine engineering with experience on more than 30 offshore wind projects. Installation will continue through the remainder of 2015 and into 2016. The monopiles were produced by Ambau, and they are being installed in water depths ranging between 25 and 29 meters.
Nordsee One, located 40 km north of Juist Island, is expected to be operational in 2017.
Photo courtesy of Northern Power Inc: GeoSea's Innovation installation vessel carries N1 foundation pieces out to sea.