Seaway 7 joins construction crew for Ørsted's German projects

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 07/10/2021 Seaway 7

Seaway 7 ASA has been selected by Ørsteda s a preferred contractor for the transport and installation of wind turbine generators as part of the
Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farms in Germany.

The installation will utilise the company’s jack-up installation vessel VIND1, and the projects are expected to be fully commissioned in 2024 and 2025. The contract award is subject to EU tendering procedures, and Ørsted’s final investment decision to proceed with the projects.

Stuart Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer of Seaway 7 said: “We are excited to have been awarded this contract, which is the first award for our new build wind turbine installation vessel.  We see this award as a positive validation of the recent combination to form Seaway 7 ASA, as well as the VIND1 vessel capabilities, and we look forward to continue our working relationship with Ørsted.”

Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farms will be located approximately 60 km from each other in the German North Sea. Combined, they will have a total capacity of more than 1 GW.

The installation of
Borkum Riffgrund 3 is expected to begin 2024, with commissioning to be completed in 2025, subject to Ørsted's final investment decision. It will be the largest offshore project in Germany to date featuring 83 turbines. Borkum Riffgrund 3 is the product of Ørsted merging three wind farms it secured in auctions in 2017 and 2018. The 900 MW wind farm will be built and operated without subsidies.

Ørsted expects the installation of
Gode Wind 3 to begin in 2023, with commissioning being completed in 2024. The array will be built about 32 kilometres off the island of Norderney, and will consist of 23 turbines with a combined capacity of 242 MW. The final investment decision for the project is still pending.

Ealier today (7 October 2021), Cadeler A/S
also announced that it has been chosen by Ørsted as preferred Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) installation vessel supplier for the Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 projects.