SGRE wins Albatros full-scope deal

GERMANY: Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has been awarded a "full-scope" contract to supply EnBW's 112MW Albatros project with everything from the turbines to the grid connection.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy wil supply its 7MW offshore turbine to Albatros
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy wil supply its 7MW offshore turbine to Albatros

The project in the German North Sea will comprise 16 Siemens SWT-7.0-154 7MW turbines.

Each turbine will be on monopile foundations with installation due to take place at the same time as the nearby 497MW Hohe See offshore project, also developed by EnBW.

SGRE contracted Belgian vessel firm GeoSea to install the monopiles at both projects from spring 2018.

Albatros will be the first German deployment of Siemens' offshore transmission module (OTM).

The compact transmission platform removes the need for an expensive substation and jacket substructure, as it can be installed on a smaller foundation.

Each OTM is just one third of the weight of a traditional substation platform, eliminating the need for special heavy-lift vessels and shortening the installation time by about 20% due to better availability of standard service vessels, the company said.

SGRE's OTM platforms had been previously ordered for the Beatrice and Neart Na Gaoithe projects off Scotland's coast.

Albatros commissioning is expected in 2019 and the turbines will be serviced by SGRE for five years.

"Albatros allows us to demonstrate our broad competence in offshore projects, ranging from project specific engineering services and the beneficial combination of power generation and transmission technology to service and maintenance concepts," said SGRE Offshore wind CEO Michael Hannibal.

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