Offshore Project Progress - 27 June

EUROPE: Recent project updates from Vattenfall's 400MW Horns Rev 3 site in Denmark, SSE's 558MW Beatrice development and Dong Energy's final investment decision at Borkum Riffgrund 2 project.

VBMS has been contracted to install the 33kV inter-array cables at Horns Rev 3

Humber Gateway

Inspection deal: E.on has contracted CWind to undertake annual inspection and repair services at Humber Gateway.

Offshore work will commence this month, with CWind utilising its office in Grimsby's Fishdock. The 73-turbine, 219MW project came online in August 2015. 13-June


Horns Rev 3

Cabling contract: Developer Vattenfall has contracted VBMS to install the 33kV inter-array cables at Horns Rev 3.

The work is due to be carried out in mid-2018 and includes supply, installation, a cable protection system, post-lay burial, termination and testing.

The 400MW Horns Rev 3 is being developed in the North Sea off Esbjerg, west Denmark. 15-June



Jackets order: Seaway Heavy Lifting has awarded Bladt Industries an order for 30 four-legged jacket foundations for the Beatrice offshore wind farm.

Fabrication will take place at Bladt Industries' production facilities at Lindo Industrial Park, Denmark, from Q3 2016.

The first jacket foundations are expected to be delivered in Q3 2017. The 558MW Beatrice site is being developed by SSE in the North Sea, 13.5 kilometres off the Scottish east coast. 16-June


Borkum Riffgrund 2

Investment decision: Dong Energy has announced its decision to build  the 450MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 wind farm, even though the project is still awaiting final permitting.

Borkum Riffgrund 2 was granted a construction permit in December 2011. But the consent needs to be amended to allow for deployment of the larger MHI Vestas V164 8MW turbines it now plans to use.

Dong is currently the sole owner of Borkum Riffgrund 2, but "in accordance with our partnership model, we intend to divest up to 50% of the project at a later stage" the company said.

Full commissioning is due in the first half of 2019. Under Germany‘s renewable energy act 2014, commissioning before the end of 2019 is crucial to getting the so-called  "compressed" favourable feed-in tariff support. 24-June