Iberdrola Completes Installation Of First Turbine At 350 Megawatt Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm

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Spanish electric utility Iberdrola announced it has completed the installation of the first of 70 5-megawatt wind turbines at the 350 megawatt (MW) Wikinger offshore wind farm off the coast of Germany.

Iberdrola announced on Monday the completed installation of the first wind turbine, the first of 70 5-MW Adwen wind turbines known as WK16. The turbines are being installed by Fred Olsen’s Brave Tern, one of two self-elevating, self-propelled jack-up vessels dedicated to installing offshore wind turbines.

Upon completion, the Wikinger offshore wind farm will have benefited from investments totaling around €1.4 billion, and is expected to generate enough clean electricity to power more than 350,000 households.

“We are delighted to reach yet another key stage of Wikinger’s construction programme which is testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire project team,” said Jürgen Blume, Head of Iberdrola in Germany. “Our Wikinger project is progressing well, and we are on target with our plans for full export at the site later this year.”

While this is something of a small project, in the grander scheme of things, the involvement of the Brave Tern was enough to capture my interest. The Brave Tern is one of two vessels (along with the Bold Tern) that are able to elevate themselves off the surface of the water, stabilizing themselves off massive jacks from the ocean floor. The vessels are able to work in water depths ranging from 5.5 meters to more than 60 meters, and are able to manage a typical payload of up to 7,600 tonnes.

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