Vestas signs conditional order to supply 15MW turbines for German offshore wind farm

Danish developer moves closer to firm order for EnBW’s subsidy-free wind farm in the German North Sea

Vestas unveiled its 15MW turbine in February 2021 and plans to install a prototype this year
Vestas unveiled its 15MW turbine in February 2021 and plans to install a prototype this year

Vestas has signed a conditional order to supply EnBW with 64 of its V236-15.0MW turbines for the 900MW He Dreiht He Dreiht (900MW) Offshorenorth-west of Borkum, Germany, Europe Click to see full details offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

The Danish developer is also due to sign a multi-year service contract for when the wind farm – planned for a site 152km north-west of the island of Borkum – is operational.

It had previously been named the pre-selected tenderer for He Dreiht.

Additionally, Vestas has entered a conditional agreement with installation services firm Cadeler to transport and install the turbines at the German North Sea site.

He Dreiht has a grid connection capacity of 900MW and an excess capacity of 60MW in order to use the connection capacity as efficiently as possible even when production is lower.

Turbine installation is planned to start in the second quarter of 2025 ahead of full project commissioning in the fourth quarter of the same year.

Vestas unveiled its 15MW turbine in February 2021. The turbine maker is currently carrying out development work for its 15MW turbine now and plans to install a prototype this year. It plans to begin serial production from 2024 and has lined up 2.1GW of preferred supplier agreements in the US.

EnBW secured the rights to build He Dreiht without subsidy in Germany’s first offshore wind tender in 2017.

Michael Class, head of generation portfolio development at EnBW said: “Only with state-of-the-art and cost-efficient technology can we realise offshore projects like He Dreiht without subsidies. The turbines from Vestas make a significant contribution to this. 

“Offshore is not only technically demanding, but also requires solid forward-looking forecasts, knowledge of the market and the willingness to take entrepreneurial risks before a final investment decision has been made.”

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