Vattenfall commences work on Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm

WCN Editorial Team 27 May 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Swedish energy giant Vattenfall has commenced manufacture of monopile foundations for the 604MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm, to be located 15km off Danish coast of the Baltic Sea.

Vattenfall said that the first of the 72 monopile foundations are now being produced at EEW Special Pipe Constructions’ manufacturing facility in Rostock, Germany. The 72 monopile foundations will support 72 of Siemens Gamesa’s 8.4MW turbines, with a total capacity of 604MW.

Vattenfall Danish country manager and offshore wind head Michael Simmelsgaard said: “This summer we will be finalising Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Perfectly timed with the construction start of Kriegers Flak. Together they will increase Vattenfall’s offshore wind capacity significantly contributing to our goal of enabling a fossil-free living within one generation.”

The total cost of Kriegers Flak wind farm is estimated to be between €1.1bn (£971.5m) and €1.3bn (£1.14bn).

With a capacity of 604MW, Kriegers Flak is set to become the largest offshore wind farm in Denmark with an annual capacity to supply enough clean electricity to power around 600,000 Danish households.

The wind farm will be located between 15km and 40km from the Danish coast. By the spring of 2020, about 800 tonnes of monopile foundations are expected to be completed and will be sailed directly from Rostock to the offshore construction site.

Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm project director Ian Bremner said: “We have been preparing this project for some time and are well on schedule. Now it’s time to start construction. It’s always great to reach this point, when the elements of the wind farm are starting to take shape.”

In December 2018, Vattenfall selected Bladt Industries, EEW Special Pipe Construction, Van Oord Offshore, JDR Cable Systems and Global Marine for five major contracts for the construction of the wind farm.

The total value of the contracts is nearly €300m (£265m) and will include manufacturing and installation of monopile foundation, transition pieces and inter-array cables.

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Image: EEW Special Pipe Constructions manufacturing the monopile foundations. Photo: Courtesy of Vattenfall AB.

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