DNV GL awards project certificate to Horns Rev 3

In: Windfarms
DNV GL has issued the project certificate to Vattenfall for its Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm off the coast of Denmark.

Project certification is a process in the technical evaluation of various components individually and of the project as a whole. The independent certification provides reliable proof that a project has taken measures to ensure quality, stable operation and proper risk management.

The certification of the
Horns Rev 3 project was carried out according to Danish Executive Order No. 73 (BEK 73) and covered the wind turbines including their support structure plus all the cabling connecting the wind turbines to the offshore substation. Inspections were carried out over a three-year period and included surveillance of manufacturing, transportation and installation of the various components and witnessing the commissioning of the complete wind farm.

Horns Rev 3 project is located 25-40 km off Denmark’s west coast in the North Sea and consists of 49 MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW. It is expected to produce enough to power to meet the yearly consumption in 425,000 Danish households. The project is one of the largest offshore wind farms in Scandinavia, and was put into commercial operation back in August.  

“As the largest offshore wind farm in Denmark and one of the most cost-efficient generators of offshore wind power in Europe, Horns Rev 3 highlights Vattenfall’s commitment to enable a fossil-free world,”
says Kim Sandgaard-Mørk, Executive Vice President for Renewables Certification at DNV GL. “DNV GL is proud to have supported them in delivering this remarkable achievement, thanks to a close working relationship with Vattenfall and its suppliers including the wind turbine manufacturer.”

“Project certification is a requirement for Danish offshore wind farms and provides Vattenfall and their stakeholders with confidence as during the certification process relevant standards for the development and execution of the project are applied and risks are mitigated,”
adds Fabio Pollicino, Director for Project Certification at DNV GL.  

“With an annual capacity of 1,700 GWh per year, Horns Rev 3 is a significant contribution to our vision for fossil free living within a generation. We are very pleased that we have now been awarded this certificate for Horns Rev 3 confirming that the wind farm is fit to perform for 25 years. We have had a good collaboration with DNV GL, where the evaluation included assessment on the maturity of the turbine design, its manufacturing, installation and commissioning processes as well as assessment of related documentation,”
says Belén Fernández Montes, Certification Engineer at Vattenfall.

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