Iberdrola buys Vestas turbines for 476-MW Baltic Eagle off Germany
An offshore wind turbine at sea. Image source: Iberdrola (www.iberdrola.com)
Spanish utility group Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) has ordered turbines from Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) for the 476.25-MW Baltic Eagle offshore wind project in German waters.
Iberdrola said Tuesday that the parties have signed contracts for the supply of 50 units of the V174-9.5 MW turbines and service and maintenance of the machines. For the Danish turbine maker, Baltic Eagle will be its largest offshore wind installation in Germany, Vestas said in the statement.
Vestas was previously selected as the preferred turbine supplier for Baltic Eagle via its now-extinct joint venture (JV) with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (TYO:7011).
The Baltic Eagle project is sited on a 40-square-kilometre (15.44 sq miles) area off the German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea. The turbine installation is scheduled for the first quarter of 2024, the same year the wind farm is expected to go online. Once that happens, Iberdrola will operate the Baltic Eagle complex from the port of Mukran on the Ruegen island.
Vestas has now joined 50Hertz, the transmission system operator (TSO) in northern and eastern Germany, which will work with Iberdrola on the construction, installation and commissioning of the offshore substation. The TSO will also lay two new HV cables that will connect the wind farm to the Lubmin substation on the shore.
A JV of Belgian companies Fabricom and Iemants was selected to produce all structural elements of the offshore substation, while marine contractor Heerema will transport and install it on the project site. Siemens Gas and Power will deliver all main electrical equipment.
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