PNE brings in new partners for 240MW Gode Wind 2 offshore project

GERMANY: German wind developer PNE Wind has signed up partners for its Gode Wind 2 offshore project and now expects to begin construction on the project in 2011 or 2012.

The newest partners contracted are Per Arsleff, Draka Norsk Kabel and Areva Energietechnik. Vestas Offshore and K2 Management were already signed up to handle technical development turbine supply, and project management respectively.

Danish infrastructure company Per Arsleff is to supply to turbine foundations for the development. Per Aarsleff's experience in the sector includes supply of monopile foundations for the Horns Rev 2 and Thanet wind stations, and gravity foundations for the Nysted, Sprogø and Rødsand offshore stations.

Draka Norsk Kabel, a Norwegian subsea cable specialist will supply the internal wind station cabling. The company opened a factory producing medium voltage subsea cables in November 2009 in its home town of Drammen.

Areva Energietechnik will supply the transformer station. It has previous experience with supply of transformer stations to the Barrow, Alpha-Ventus and Robin Rigg offshore stations. The company is owned by Areva T&D Holding which its parent, the giant French nuclear group Areva.

K2 Management is a Danish consulting and project management firm for large construction projects in the energy sector. Its references include the Q7, Scroby Sands, Thanet, Nordsee Ost and Dan Tysk offshore wind projects. 

Gode Wind 2 is to be sited in the North Sea about 33 kilometres north of the island of Nordeney and will be the first of PNE's offshore projects to come to fruition. It will comprise 80 turbines and have a capacity of 240MW, assuming Vestas 3MW offshore turbines are used.

Another PNE project, the neighbouring Gode Wind 1, was acquired from the bankrupt Dutch Ecoconcern group in 2009 and is likely to follow swiftly on the heels of Gode Wind 2.

PNE is involved in development of 8 offshore projects in the North and Baltic Seas. It sold its Borkum Riffgrund 1 and 2 projects, with up to 77 and 96 turbines respectively (385MW and 480MW if 5MW turbines are used) to Dong Energy in December 2009.

The company also has the Beltsee project, with up to 76 turbines, under development in the Baltic Sea, and the Jules Verne, Nautilus and Nemo projects, each slated to have 80 turbines, in the North Sea.