First wind turbine installed at Borkum Riffgrund 3, Germany's largest offshore wind farm

By: Chloe Emanuel

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20/06/2024 Ørsted

The milestone has been reached at Borkum Riffgrund 3, as the first wind turbine is now installed at what will soon be Germany's largest offshore wind farm. Once operational, Borkum Riffgrund 3 will boast an impressive 913 MW capacity, solidifying its place as a significant contributor to Germany's renewable energy landscape.

This offshore wind farm, located approximately 72 km off Lower Saxony's coast, represents a groundbreaking achievement in renewable energy development. What sets Borkum Riffgrund 3 apart is not only its size but also its pioneering financial model. It is the first offshore wind farm globally to be awarded without subsidies, thanks to innovative long-term corporate power purchase agreements (CPPAs) signed with industrial and technology customers.

Jointly owned by Ørsted and Nuveen Infrastructure, Borkum Riffgrund 3 marks a pivotal step towards decarbonizing Germany's electricity market. Its completion, slated for 2025, will nearly double Ørsted's total installed capacity in Germany, significantly advancing the country's green transformation goals.

Peter Obling, Head of Continental Europe at Ørsted, expressed pride in achieving this milestone, highlighting Borkum Riffgrund 3's status as an industry leader in offshore wind projects. Jordi Francesch, Managing Director of Renewable Energy Investments at Nuveen Infrastructure, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing their role in driving the energy transition forward.

The installation of the first turbine was conducted by the 'Seaway Ventus' vessel, marking the beginning of a comprehensive installation process that will see a total of 83 Siemens Gamesa turbines deployed. Each turbine, boasting an 11 MW capacity, underscores the project's scale and technological advancement.

Beyond its technological feats, Borkum Riffgrund 3 pioneers a new connection concept in Germany. Unlike traditional offshore wind farms, it forgoes an offshore substation, connecting turbines directly via 66 kV cables to the DolWin epsilon offshore converter platform operated by TenneT. This innovative approach promises efficiency gains and enhances the project's environmental credentials.

With construction progressing on schedule, Felix Gschnell, Programme Director for Borkum Riffgrund 3 and Gode Wind 3, expressed optimism about the project's future. He highlighted the team's dedication to completing the wind farm safely and on time, marking a significant achievement in sustainable energy development.

As Ørsted continues to lead in offshore wind innovation globally, with major projects underway across multiple continents, Borkum Riffgrund 3 stands as a testament to the potential of renewable energy to drive economic and environmental progress.

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