Blauwwind achieves First Power

In: Windfarms

This morning (7th August 2020), Blauwwind achieved First Power on the 731.5 MW Borssele III/IV windfarm in the Dutch North Sea. The generation of power marks a key milestone in project construction, as the project I officially delivering renewable electricity to the Dutch grid.

Of the project’s 77 turbines, 36 are now installed. Following further initial tests in the coming weeks, the developers anticipate that one turbine will become operation per day. Completion is expected in October 2020, and the expected power generation is 3,000 GWh per year, enough to power upwards of 825,000 Dutch households.

I am proud of the team that has managed the safe execution and the commissioning phase, achieving first power on time,” remarked Roeland Borsboom, Project Director and CEO for Blauwwind. “Keeping a project of this scale and complexity on track in these challenging times can only be managed through good collaboration and flexibility. The delivery of First Power has been achieved in close cooperation with partners Van Oord, MHI Vestas and TenneT, who has provided grid readiness one month ahead of time.

The windfarm consists of 77 V164-9.5 megawatt (MW) turbines produced by MHI Vestas. The Blauwwind consortium partners are Partners Group, Shell, DGE, Eneco Group, and Van Oord. The offshore substation Borssele Beta has been designed and constructed by TenneT.

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