Oct 14, 2014 - German energy group RWE AG (ETR:RWE) said yesterday it had installed half of the 48 turbines at its 295-MW Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm in the North Sea and expects to put some of them online in late 2014.
The 24th of the turbines made by Suzlon's German unit Senvion was erected this weekend north of the island of Heligoland. Turbine installation started three months ago with the Victoria Mathias vessel. Installation of turbine towers and related nacelles has already been completed, while work for the rotor blades is currently ongoing.
The Nordsee Ost wind farm, to be powered by 6.2-MW turbines, is expected to become fully operational next spring. The first turbines are due to be put into service and supply electricity to the grid as soon as this autumn.
Once up and running, the offshore wind park will be able to produce enough power for about 300,000 homes per year, the developer has calculated.
At the end of last week, RWE said it has decided to discontinue the development of the 340-MW Galloper wind farm in UK waters amid concerns about the project’s financing. The firm explained that its withdrawal is a result of the “tight timescales” for securing financing and achieving accreditation under the UK’s Renewable Obligation mechanism.
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