24 turbines completely installed in the North Sea The offshore wind farm Butendiek in the North Sea started operation of its first wind turbines. This is reported by wpd, the Bremen wind developer and operator.

All foundations, cables and the substation were installed according to schedule during the last year. Today the first of the 24 turbines so far installed started production and are feeding-in its first kilowatt hours into the public grid.

“We are very happy that we have achieved this important milestone. After all, the aim of the project is to produce renewable energy, harnessed from the infinite resource of the offshore wind”, says Achim Berge Olsen, Managing Director of OWP Butendiek GmbH & Co. KG and wpd offshore GmbH. “Now the project is focusing on installing the remaining turbines and completing the residual work.”

wpd developed the Butendiek project and is the co-owner and project manager responsible for the construction and operational phase. The Butendiek offshore wind farm is scheduled to be completed in summer 2015 after approx. 15 months of construction; it will supply around 370,000 households with renewable energy.

Key data for the Butendiek offshore wind farm:

  • 80 turbines with a total output of 288 MW
  • Located in the German North Sea approx. 32 km west of Sylt
  • Depth of water approx. 20 metres
  • Investors: Marguerite Fund, Siemens Financial Services, Industriens Pension (IP), Pensionskassernes Administration (PKA), CDC Infrastructure, ewz (Elektrizitätswerk der Stadt Zürich), wpd
  • Collaboration with well-known suppliers: Siemens (Siemens SWT 3.6-120 turbines), Ballast Nedam (foundations), VBMS (internal cabling on the farm), Cofely Fabricom GdF Suez (transformer substation)
  • Connection to the grid via the SylWin cluster
  • Around 370,000 households to be supplied with renewable energy
  • Total investment: 1.3 bn euros

wpd AG
Christian Schnibbe
Head of Communication
Stephanitorsbollwerk 3 (Haus LUV)
28217 Bremen
Tel.: +49 (421) 16866-2500
email: c.schnibbe@wpd.de