UL scores certification contract for German duo

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 20/07/2021 UL
UL has been selected by Ørsted to deliver project certifications for the wind turbines and foundations at 900 MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 and 242 MW Gode Wind 3 wind farms.

Project certification, part of the licensing process for offshore wind farms located in German waters, will help ensure the design, manufacturing, transport, installation, commissioning and operation complies with the highest standards of safety.

Kai Grigutsch, managing director of UL’s wind certification services, said: “UL has been at the forefront of global wind certifications for almost 20 years, helping developers navigate the safety, reliability and performance risks for wind projects to meet and exceed the requirements of the market. Helping customers deliver projects that perform to the highest standards of safety is critical to every stage of the project life-cycle. We are delighted to support Ørsted on the realization of the Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 projects over the coming years.”

The installation of
Borkum Riffgrund 3 is expected to begin 2024 with commissioning being 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.

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