Smulders scores contract for German wind farms

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 16/05/2022 Smulders

Ørsted has awarded Smulders the contract for the manufacturing of secondary steel for the TP-less foundations for the
Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farms. Both wind farms are located off the German coast.

Smulders will fabricate and supply the secondary steel elements for the 23 TP-less foundations and 1 Offshore Substation foundation for
Gode Wind 3 and the 83 TP-less foundations for Borkum Riffgrund 3. Smulders will supply the boat landings, external ladders, suspended internal cages (SIP-units) and the anode cages.

Smulders will supply the secondary steel elements from Poland. The external ladders will be manufactured and painted at its facility in Niemodlin. The components for the SIP units are also produced at its facility in Niemodlin, then galvanised and transported to the coast (Stettin) where they will be assembled into a cage. Afterwards, the electrical package will be mounted on the units. The anode cages will be manufactured in Belgium or in Poland.

Production of the secondary steel parts will start in May 2022 and will take until the first quarter of 2023.

The supply chain set up for the German projects targets similar projects currently under development in the Baltic Sea.

Jaap Jansen, Tender Director of Smulders said: “Smulders looks forward to the further cooperation with Ørsted and is honoured to work for the world leading developer of Offshore Wind, well renowned for innovative designs. These are interesting and state-of-the-art projects which makes them a pleasure to work on and rewarding in developing both parties to the next level.”

The
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.