Germany’s 400MW Global Tech I offshore wind farm has been inaugurated.
The ceremony was attended by Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Dr. Carsten Sieling, Mayor of the Hanseatic City of Bremen, and Olaf Lies, Minister for Economic Affairs of the State of Lower Saxony, together with shareholders and management of the project company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH.
Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg: “Global Tech I is an example of excellent cooperation. The project was planned, financed and realized by a team that spans state and national borders. From Bremen they service the turbines, which is also where they were manufactured, the grid connection makes its landfall in Lower Saxony and those responsible for operation and management of the wind farm are based here in Hamburg.”
It is the largest German offshore wind farm to go fully on stream this year. To date there is only one other wind farm in Germany with an equal capacity, while at 140 kilometres from its base for logistics in Emden, Global Tech I is the most distant wind farm from the German coast.
Detlef Schmeer, Technical Managing Director of Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH: “The 80 wind turbines of Global Tech I actually have been feeding power into the grid as of 27th of July this year. We are very proud to be able to inaugurate today official operation of the North Sea wind farm. We want to guarantee a reliable supply of electricity for the needs of 445,000 households with our 80 turbines and substation in the midst of the wind farm, which is manned around the clock.”
To ensure the wind farm operates smoothly, the offshore substation within the wind farm is manned by 37 persons who work closely together with the operations control centre in Hamburg’s HafenCity.
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