Offshore Project Progress -- 9 October

EUROPE: Recent project updates from the Blyth demonstration project in the UK and two sites off the German coast.

A met mast has been gathering wind data at the Blyth test site

Merkur Offshore

Construction delay: The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has extended the construction deadline at the 400MW Merkur Offshore (formerly MEG 1) project to 1 July 2016.

This is a four-month extension from the original deadline of end of February 2016.

The Merkur Offshore project company – a joint venture between Deme Group and Windreich – had applied for a construction deadline extension in June 2015.

The original construction permit for the planned 400MW North Sea project was granted in August 2009.

The project will comprise 66 Alstom Haliade 6MW turbines. 5-Oct-15


Borkum Riffgrund 2

Extension granted: The deadline for the start of construction at Dong Energy's Borkum Riffgrund 2 has been extended by 30 months, to 1 July 2018.

The developer lodged an extension application with the BSH in December 2014.

The 448MW project is planned for a site in the North Sea. Dong had originally intended to build it immediately after Borkum Riffgrund 1 — inaugurated this week — was completed.

The project will use 56 MHI-Vestas V164 8MW turbines. 5-Oct-15



Investment decision: A final investment decision on the first phase of EDF Energy Renewables' planned Blyth demonstration project is expected in November. The first phase will consist of five turbines. 

Commissioning would take place in 2017.

The up-to-99.9MW, three-phase, 15-turbine project site lies in the North Sea off England's north-east coast.

EDF acquired the rights to develop the site from research body ORE Catapult in October 2014. 7-Oct-15