Ørsted has selected Cadeler A/S as a preferred wind turbine installation vessel supplier for the combined Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 projects in the German North Sea.
The award covers the transport and installation of a minimum of 48 x 11 MW turbines, which will be located adjacent to Ørsted’s existing offshore wind farms Borkum Riffgrund 1 and Borkum Riffgrund 2 and in the vicinity of Gode Wind 1 and 2.
The intention with this award is to sign a formal binding contract once the mandatory standstill period has expired. This is expected to be completed later this year.
Cadeler will deploy its installation vessel Wind Osprey on the two wind farms, which by the time the project is set to start, will have a new and upgraded main crane.
The company will replace and upgrade both main cranes on its two O-Class vessels, making them suited for this and similar projects.
Cadeler’s CEO, Mikkel Gleerup, said: ”We are very pleased to partner with Ørsted on this project and to be awarded the preferred supplier status, as it demonstrates the competitiveness of our upgraded O-class vessels.”
Upon completion, the combined capacity of the wind farm at Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 will have a total capacity of more than 1 GW, Cadeler said.
The projects are expected to be fully commissioned in 2024 and 2025, respectively, subject to Ørsted’s final investment decision.