Merkur turbines briefly on hold

4C Offshore | James Bernthal-Hooker
By: 21/06/2021 TRIG
The Renewable Infrastructure Group (TRIG) has put operations at the 396 MW Merkur offshore wind farm on hold. The move follows routine inspections, during which signs of stress fatigue were discovered on the wind farm's Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbines.

TRIG noted that thwere is a contractual mechanism to protect lsot revenue while turbines are not operational, subject to a cap. TRIG does not expect that cap to be exceeded.

"The first batches of turbines have now been brought back online, in consultation with the authorities", the company noted. "The project's dedicated asset management team, with support from the Company's Managers, is working closely with the manufacturer to identify and put in place a solution that will allow the wind farm to resume operating safely and effectively for the long term."

Merkur is a 396 MW project, commissioned in 2020. The project is located about 35 km north of the island of Borkum in the German North Sea. It features 66 GE Haliade 160-6MW turbines, the last of which was installed in September 2018. The array is expected to generate enough green energy to supply approximately 500,000 households per year. It is also the largest German project to finish construction.

GE Renewable Energy is supporting turbine Operations & Maintenance (O&M) under a 10-year service agreement. The project is supported by a feed-in-tariff until June 2033, followed by a floor price for a further 6 years.

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