Deutsche Bucht project gets go-ahead

GERMANY: Van Oord will build the €1.3 billion Deutsche Bucht (DeBu) offshore wind project in the German North Sea.

Van Oord will deploy its cable-laying ship Nexus, among other vessels, to build the project
Van Oord will deploy its cable-laying ship Nexus, among other vessels, to build the project

The Dutch dredging and offshore contractor has been awarded the contract for the 252MW site by Northland Power, which completed the acquisition of the project from Highland Group Holdings last week.

DeBu, sited in the German Bight 95km north-west of the island of Borkum, Germany, will comprise 31 V164-8MW turbines built by MHI Vestas, the manufacturer confirmed.

DeBu will also receive a fixed feed-in tariff subsidy for around 13 years under the German Renewable Energy Act (EEG). The subsidy is worth €184/MWh for eight years, and then €149/MWh for the remainder.

Van Oord will be responsible for DeBu’s design, engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the project’s foundations, inter-array cables, offshore high-voltage station, and transportation of MHI Vestas’ turbines.

Steel pipe construction firm EEW will provide 31 of its XL monopiles for the project, Van Oord confirmed. Installation is set to begin in September 2018.

The contractors will deploy its offshore installation vessel Aeolus and cable-laying ship Nexus, among other vessels. MHI Vestas has been tasked with maintaining the prject.

Offshore installation is scheduled for the second half of 2018, with the project expected to be operational by the end of 2019. DeBu will be connected to the 800MW BorWin Beta offshore converter station.

Van Oord and Northland Power had previously collaborated on the 600MW Gemini site off the coast of the Netherlands.

A consortium of banks and financial institutions led by German bank KfW agreed to loan Northland Power capital totalling around €988 million for the project.

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