Wpd sets 927-MW Gennaker offshore wind project in motion

The signing of a master supply agreement for the Gennaker offshore wind project between wpd and Siemens Gamesa. Image by wpd AG.

July 4 (Renewables Now) - Renewables developer Wpd AG has kicked off works on the 927-MW Gennaker wind project in the Baltic Sea off the German coast by signing a conditional supply order with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE).

The Spain-based manufacturer will deliver 103 machines each with a nominal capacity of 8.6 MW which can reach up to 9 MW with the Power Boost option engaged, Wpd said on Monday. The deal with Siemens Gamesa includes also a conditional service agreement for a period of 20 years.

Gennaker, the most powerful wind farm in the Baltic Sea so far, will be built in German waters 15 km (9.32mi) off the coast near the Darss peninsula. The installation of the full capacity should be completed by the end of 2026.

The German developer noted that it has already begun work on the main soil investigation at the location of each turbine while the tender for the other main components and installation vessels is underway.

Wpd will partner with grid operator 50 Hertz to work on grid connection issues in the next weeks and months.

"Thanks to the constant support of the state government in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, we are confident that we will also be able to master the challenges that still lie ahead of us in the future," said Wpd's project manager Andree Ifflaender.

The Grennaker wind farm will support the strategy of the German government to increase the country's offshore wind capacity to at least 30 GW by 2030.

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