Siemens Gamesa rolls up sleeves for Vesterhav offshore wind projects

Siemens Gamesa's SG 10.0-193 DD offshore wind turbine. Source: Siemens Gamesa

December 15 (Renewables Now) - Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) announced that it has been given the green light to proceed with works for the Vesterhav Nord and Syd projects after the project owner Vattenfall AB reached a final investment decision (FID) on the 344-MW offshore wind development in the Danish waters.

Under its contract with the Swedish utility, Siemens Gamesa is set to deliver 41 units of its SG 8.4-MW direct drive (DD) offshore wind turbines and service the complex for three years.

The 176-MW Vesterhav Nord project will use 21 SG 8.0-167 DD turbines with a rotor diameter of 167 metres. The machines will be installed at about 8.5 kilometres from the Danish coast and cover an area of around 40 square kilometres, Siemens Gamesa said. The commissioning process for the Vesterhav Nord section will be carried out from the Port of Thyboron.

The 168-MW Vesterhav Syd will use 20 units of the same model of turbines as its sister project. The wind farm will occupy an area of around 37 square kilometres located some 10 kilometres from the shore. The Port of Hvide Sande will serve as the commissioning base for the Syd portion, the turbine manufacturer said.

Turbine installation at both sites is planned to start in 2023 and wrap up that same year.

The construction of the Vesterhav Nord and Syd complex was supposed to commence in 2020, but the FID for the project had to be delayed due to the permitting issues with the Syd portion of the development. Vattenfall finally received the construction permit exactly a year ago after submitting a supplementary environmental impact assessment.

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