WindMW starts offshore work on 288-MW German wind project
Aug 7, 2012 - WindMW, a joint venture of US The Blackstone Group LP (NYSE:BX) and German Windland Energieerzeugungs GmbH, today said it had begun offshore construction work on its 288-MW Meerwind Sued/Ost wind farm in the North Sea.
The Meerwind project, located northwest of the island of Helgoland, will consist of 80 Siemens turbines. It is scheduled to be fully commissioned in 2013. The wind farm is estimated to produce enough power for 360,000 households, offsetting around one million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
German Ambau GmbH has been contracted to produce the monopiles for the project. In the first phase of offshore construction, Dutch dredging company Royal Boskalis Westminster NV (AMS:BOKA) will prepare the seabed on behalf of UK offshore services company Seajacks. The latter will then install the monopile foundations in September 2012, which will be followed by placing scour protection around the foundations. The 80 units of 3.6-MW turbines will be installed and commissioned by German Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) and Seajacks in early 2013.