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Vestas named as preferred supplier for German duo

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 28/02/2023 RWE

RWE & Northland Power are progressing on the deployment of their Nordseecluster. The companies have selected Vestas as the preferred supplier for their up to 1.6 GW cluster, consisting of four offshore wind farm sites in the German North Sea.

A minimum of 104 Vestas
V236-15.0 MW turbines with a capacity of 15 MW each are planned to be installed north of the island of Juist, estimated to be in 2026. A service contract for the wind turbines will be also included. All deliverables are subject to the final investment decision for the individual phases of the wind farms.

The Nordseecluster will be constructed in two phases, Nordseecluster A and Nordseecluster B. The permit application for Nordseecluster A, which has 660 MW of capacity, is ongoing. Nordseecluster B, totalling 900 MW, is eligible for the German auctions in July 2023. RWE and Northland Power jointly hold step-in rights.

Nordseecluster A consists of sites N-3.8 and N-3.7 with a combine capacity of 660 MW are currently in the permit application phase. Turbine installation at sea is expected to start in 2026, with commercial operation in early 2027. Of the 104 Vestas turbines in total, 44 are reserved for this initial stage.

Nordseecluster B consists of sites N-3.6 and N-3.5 with a combined 900 MW of capacity. For both sites the partners plan to bid and to exercise their step-in rights in the German Government’s offshore wind auctions this year – as they did in 2021 for the sites N-3.8 and N-3.7. Offshore construction works for Nordseeclsuter B are scheduled to begin in 2028 with commercial operation estimated to start beginning of 2029. The remaining 60 Vestas turbines will be deployed across these two sites.

Sven Utermöhlen, CEO RWE Offshore Wind: “The expansion of renewable energies must be rigorously driven forward. Faster offshore expansion is particularly important to simultaneously achieve climate targets and to create more energy independence. RWE is making its contribution to this.

"This includes the collaborative delivery of the 1.6-gigawatt Nordseecluster with Northland Power, through which we can achieve considerable synergies at our new wind farms, while at the same time actively supporting the energy transition in our home market Germany.”

The Nordseecluster will be in close proximity to the existing 332 MW Nordsee One wind farm which RWE and Northland Power co-developed and continue to operate jointly. In order to deploy the cluster, the partners will rely on suppliers like Vestas and on their own knowledge in offshore wind.

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