The installation of a substation at an offshore wind project off Germany’s North Sea coast has been completed.
DONG Energy started work at the Borkum Riffgrund 1 project earlier this month when the substation – which weighs 3,500 tonnes and covers an area of 465m2 – was shipped from Aalborg in Denmark.
It will receive power from the wind farm’s 77 turbines, which will have a total capacity of 277MW – equivalent to the annual power needs of around 285,000 German households.
Christoph Mertens, Senior Director and head of DONG Energy Wind Power in Germany said it was a “very special moment” as the project is the firm’s “first German wind farm in the North Sea”.
Installation of the foundations for the facility’s turbines is expected to start early next year and completed by 2015.
DONG Energy aims to quadruple its current offshore capacity of 1.7GW to 6.5GW by 2020. Earlier this month the Danish energy firm was granted £1.1 million to build an operations base for its wind farm in Grimsby.