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Over 2.9GW worth of European offshore wind forecast to be commissioned in 2017

Posted By Bahzad Ayoub, 11 May 2017

RenewableUK forecasts that a total of 2,958MW worth of offshore wind projects will be fully commissioned by the end of 2017. The first four months of 2017 has seen 1,728MW worth of projects becoming fully commissioned and this is attributed to four projects.

The first of these projects were commissioned in January and they are DONG Energy’s Gode 1 & 2 wind farms located in the German North Sea. These two projects have a combined capacity of 582MW and make up the larger Gode offshore wind area.

DONG Energy's was also responsible for commissioning the first UK project of 2017 with the 258MW Burbo Bank Extension project in the Irish Sea. This project became fully commissioned on 11th April and subsequently became the first offshore wind farm to receive a Contract for Difference (CfD) from the Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC).

The other projects which has become fully commissioned in 2017 are the 288MW Sandbank wind farm in Germany and the 600MW Gemini offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. The Sandbank project achieved full completion on 25th January and the Gemini project became fully commissioned on 28th April.

2017 European Commissioning Activity Forecast by Status (MW)

Source: RenewableUK Project Intelligence

The graph below shows the commissioning forecasts for 2017 by country. Germany is forecast to commission the largest number of projects with a total of 1,715MW worth of projects. This capacity is made up by the three projects which have already been commissioned and a further three projects which have yet to be commissioned. These three projects have a total capacity of 845MW and two of these projects are already partially operational.

In January, the first Siemens 6MW turbine started supplying electricity from the 402MW Veja Mate offshore wind farm, two months ahead of schedule. In March, the first turbine for the Nordsee 1 project began supplying electricity to the grid.

With regards to the UK projects, we forecast that 639MW worth of projects will be commissioned in 2017. Apart from the Burbo Bank Extension, the UK is forecast to complete commissioning on a further 432MW of projects - the 30MW Hywind floating wind project and the 402MW Dudgeon project which starting supplying electricity from its first turbine in February.

2017 European Commissioning Forecast (MW)

Source: RenewableUK Project Intelligence

Looking further ahead, RenewableUK forecasts a similar level of commissioning activity in 2018 to that of 2017 and an increase in activity forecast for 2019. A full project breakdown of commissioning activity will soon be available on our project intelligence hub – the graph below is a preview of our new service illustrating offshore wind commission activity (MW) in Northern Europe by current project status up to 2019.

Source: RenewableUK Project Intelligence

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