Denmark’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Stands Complete
The final of the 72 Siemens Gamesa 8.4 MW wind turbines was installed at Kriegers Flak, Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm, on Saturday, 5 June.
The next steps will be to finalise testing and certification of the 604 MW wind farm so that it can be inaugurated after the summer, Vattenfall, the wind farm’s owner and developer said.
The construction timeline of Kriegers Flak has been kept despite the logistical challenges that the Covid pandemic has brought, Vattenfall said.
“We are pleased to see that the installation of the turbines has been successfully completed. Despite Covid, we have been able to deliver according to plan – actually a little ahead of schedule – which shows that our general strategy to prepare for the unforeseen has proved to be robust. We are very satisfied with the cooperation with our partners and proud of the contribution that the farm will make to enabling a fossil-free future,” said Catrin Jung, Head of Offshore Wind in Vattenfall.
Once fully commissioned, Kriegers Flak will cover the annual electricity consumption of approximately 600,000 Danish households and increase Danish wind production by approximately 16 per cent.
The first turbine was installed at the site located 15-40 kilometres off the east coast of Denmark in January. The wind farm delivered its first power in early February.
”It’s extremely rewarding that we – in the middle of these challenging Covid times – have safely installed all 72 wind turbines ahead of schedule. The close collaboration between Siemens Gamesa employees, Vattenfall, and the Port of Roenne has been outstanding. We look forward to continuing the great joint efforts on the Danish Kriegers Flak project with all,” said Marc Becker, CEO of Offshore at Siemens Gamesa.
During the installation phase, the turbines were preassembled and shipped out of the Port of Roenne situated on the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm. The wind turbines were transported to the site and installed by Jan De Nul’s jack-up Vole au vent.
Kriegers Flak will be serviced out of Vattenfall’s new service facility at the Port of Klintholm approximately 100 kilometres south of the Danish capital Copenhagen.