On 5 June, the last of 72 turbines was installed at Kriegers Flak wind farm, 15-40 kilometres off the east coast of Denmark. The next steps will be to finalise testing and certification of the farm so that it can be inaugurated after summer.
According to the Swedish energy company Vattenfall, the farm is Denmark’s largest and will generate 604MW when operating at its full capacity. It will cover the electricity consumption of approximately 600,000 Danish households and increase Danish wind production by approximately 16%.
“We are pleased to see that the installation of the turbines has been successfully completed. Despite COVID-19, we have been able to deliver according to plan – actually a little ahead of schedule – which shows that our general strategy to prepare for the unforeseen has proved to be robust. We are very satisfied with the cooperation with our partners and proud of the contribution that the farm will make to enabling a fossil-free future,” says Catrin Jung, head of offshore Wind in Vattenfall.
The first turbine was installed in February 2021 and, since then, installation of the remaining Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbines, has continued smoothly. The 72 wind turbines each have a total height of 188 metres, and each foundation weighs up to 800 tonnes.
During the installation phase, the turbines were preassembled and shipped out of the Port of Roenne situated on the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm. The wind farm will be serviced out of Vattenfall’s new service facility at the Port of Klintholm approximately 100 kilometres south of the Danish capital Copenhagen.
“It’s extremely rewarding that we – in the middle of these challenging COVID times – have safely installed all 72 wind turbines ahead of schedule. The close collaboration between Siemens Gamesa employees, Vattenfall, and the Port of Roenne has been outstanding. We look forward to continuing the great joint efforts on the Danish Kriegers Flak project with all,” says Marc Becker, CEO of Offshore at Siemens Gamesa.