Gode Wind construction starts

GERMANY: The first foundation at Dong Energy's 582MW Gode Wind project in the North Sea has been installed.

Gode Wind's monopiles and transition pieces ready to be installed

The first of 97 monopiles was put in place at the project, located 45 kilometres from the German mainland. It was installed by installation firm GeoSea.

German fabricator EEW was hired by foundations contractor Bladt Industries to supply the steel "XL" monopiles. Bladt supplied the turbine transition pieces.

The foundations are 7.5 metres in diametre and weigh up to 939 tonnes. Dong said it is the largest monopile to be installed in the German North Sea.

Each foundation will support a Siemens 6MW turbine, installed by vessel supplier A2Sea.

Gode is set to become Germany's largest offshore project and is due to be completed in 2016.

It has been split into two phases, the 330MW Gode Wind 1 and the 252MW Gode Wind 2 projects. Dong agreed to sell half of Gode Wind 2 to a consortium of Danish pension funds in July 2014.