Merkur Offshore has signed with respectively Alstom and DEME a binding turbine supply agreement and balance of plant contract for the construction of the Merkur Offshore wind farm, including supply and installation of 66 Alstom Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbines.
Additionally, Alstom has signed a long term service and maintenance contract.
The turbines will be supplied by Alstom and installed by DEME in one of the biggest German wind farms, the 400 MW Merkur Offshore wind farm, located 45 km north of Borkum in the North Sea, which will be built and operated by Merkur Offshore. The wind farm project Merkur Offshore has passed all authorizations and has a secured grid connection. The construction will start in 2016 and will be undertaken by GeoSea, member of the DEME Group.
“This is the largest offshore wind contract signed by Alstom outside France on a major and significant market, coming after the winning of the construction of the first offshore wind farm in the US. The Merkur Offshore contract is also the first offshore wind project led by Alstom in Germany, which is particularly important for our further business development in Germany and Northern Europe,” said Jérôme Pécresse, President of Alstom Renewable Power.
Alain Bernard, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the DEME Group further stated: “Combining favorable sea bed conditions with one of the strongest and most reliable wind resources in the world, Merkur Offshore will be one of Germany’s largest wind farms in the North Sea, contributing significantly to Germany’s energy transition plans and the European clean energy targets.”
All Alstom offshore wind turbines will be manufactured in the new French facilities in Saint-Nazaire.
GeoSea is currently working on several offshore wind farm projects such as Godewind in Germany and Kentish Flats Extension in the UK.