Offshore Project Progress -- 13 November

WORLDWIDE: Recent project updates from sites including PNE Wind's planned development in Germany, Vattenfall's Horns Rev 3 site in Denmark and Dong Energy's licence in the US.

E.on's 180MW Robin Rigg project is installed off the south-west coast of Scotland, UK
E.on's 180MW Robin Rigg project is installed off the south-west coast of Scotland, UK

Robin Rigg

Liability case: The UK supreme court has rejected E.on's application to appeal against an April 2015 ruling that found in favour of MT Hojgaard.

In 2007-2009, MT Højgaard designed, fabricated and installed foundations at E.on's 180MW Robin Rigg wind farm off the west coast of Scotland.

Following completion of the works, weaknesses were discovered in the grouted connections of the foundations, for which E.on claimed MT Hojgaard was responsible.

MT Hojgaard denied liability and the court of appeal ruled in its favour in April 2015.

The supreme court's rejection of E.on's application to appeal means the matter is now considered finally settled. 6-Nov-15


Atlantis 1

Grid connection: PNE Wind is currently pursuing judicial measures aimed at ensuring a "timely" grid connection for its Atlantis 1 project in the North Sea.

It hopes for a revision of Germany's offshore network development plan, O-NEP 2015, and expects a decision in early 2016.

The 80-turbine, 400MW Atlantis 1 is planned for a site in O-NEP 2015's Zone 2.

It would be connected via the BorWin4 link, the implementation schedule for which is currently being discussed. The first draft of O-NEP 2015 forsees BorWin4's completion by 2030. 9-Nov-15



Two thirds installed: Seventeen of Westermeerwind's 48 Siemens SWT-3.0-108 turbines have been installed.

The 144MW project – the near shore part of Noordoostpolder – is due for completion by February 2016.

It also exported its first power this week. 9-Nov-15


Horns Rev 3

Onshore cabling: The installation of the onshore cabling for Horns Rev 3 has been completed.

Prysmian supplied the three 220kV cables that run from Blabjerg to's substation in Endrup, east of Esbjerg.

Offshore cabling work will commence in 2016 and the grid link is due to be completed by the end of the year.

Vattenfall is developing the 400MW Horns Rev 3, 10km off the Danish west coast in the North Sea. 10-Nov-15


Bay State Wind

Project announcement: Dong Energy has announced that its planned 1GW project off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, will be called Bay State Wind.

It will be sited in lease area OCS-A 0500, which the developer acquired from RES Americas in April 2015. 

A first phase would comprise 30 to 35 turbines, while the completed project would comprise up to 100. 11-Nov-15

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