RWE erects 1st out of 48 turbines for 295-MW offshore wind park
Jul 1, 2014 - German utility RWE AG (ETR:RWE) said today it had erected the first of the 48 turbines that will make up the 295-MW Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm to the north of the Heligoland island in the North Sea.
Marcel Sunier, project director at the group’s RWE Innogy unit, explained in a statement that the rotor blades of the 6-MW turbine delivered by Senvion SE (ETR:RPW) have all been fitted to the hub individually at sea. This differs from the usual practice of installing the blades as pre-assembled rotor spider, which would not have been possible this time due to navigation restrictions on the river Weser, he noted.
The company is on track to commission the wind park next spring. Upcoming tasks in the weeks ahead include the erection of the offshore substation.
Nordsee Ost is expected to produce enough power for 300,000 households.