EOWDC. Source: Vattenfall UK (group.vattenfall.com)
The final turbine has been installed at Vattenfall AB's 11-turbine European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off Aberdeen Bay, the Swedish state-owned utility said today.
Turbine installation was completed on May 26, only nine weeks after the project's first foundation was deployed.
The 93.2-MW facility uses MHI Vestas turbines, nine of 8.4 MW and two 8.8-MW machines, which mark the first commercial installation of turbines of that power capability.
"The erection of the final turbine is a significant milestone, and with the completion of array cable installation just a few days away, we now move on to the final commissioning phase of the wind farm prior to first power later this summer," said Adam Ezzamel, EOWDC project director at Vattenfall.
The EOWDC is the first offshore wind project to install suction bucket jacket foundations at commercial scale and the first to combine them with the world's most powerful turbines, Ezzamel explained.
One of the foundations was installed in two hours and 40 minutes, which is believed to be the world's fastest installation of a suction bucket jacket foundation.