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Deutsche Bucht Moves to Pre-construction Phase

Posted By Bahzad Ayoub, 25 August 2017

On the 18th August, Northland Power announced that 252MW Deutsche Bucht ("DeBu") project reached financial close, moving the project to the pre-construction phase. As a result of this, several major component contracts announcements have been made. MHI Vestas will supply and install the project's 31 V164 8.0 MW wind turbines. MHI Vestas will also maintain the wind turbines under a long-term service contract. 

Van Oord, has been awarded the balance of plant contract for the project and they will deploy their offshore installation vessel, Aeolus, for the installation of the wind turbine foundations. The 31 monopile foundations are being fabricated by EEW at their Rostock yard and they will be in the XL range where EEW SPC will process more than 35,000 tons of steel in total. Van Oord will also be deploying their cable-laying vessel, Nexus, to install the electrical infrastructure. DeBu will be connected to the 800 MW BorWin Beta offshore converter station which has already been constructed.

- Installation Dates ----

Foundation start year

2018

quarter

3

 

Modelled

end year

2018

quarter

4

 

Modelled

Turbine start year

2019

quarter

2

 

Modelled

end year

2019

quarter

3

 

Modelled

Transformer substation start year

2019

quarter

1

 

Modelled

end year

2019

quarter

1

 

Modelled

Array cable start year

2019

quarter

1

 

Modelled

end year

2019

quarter

3

 

Modelled

Export cable start year

2018

quarter

4

 

Modelled

end year

2019

quarter

4

 

Modelled

Final Investment Decision year

2017

quarter

3

 

Researched

Commissioning works start year

2019

quarter

4

 

Modelled

Operations and maintenance start year

2020

quarter

2

 

Modelled

Source: RenewableUK Project Intelligence 

The above table shows RenewableUK’s forecast of installation dates for the main components at the Deutsche Bucht project, as well as forecasts for key project dates. The forecasts are derived from the RenewableUK Project Intelligence Model which uses publicly available information and historical trends together with our inhouse expertise to produce projections. The project is forecast to be fully commissioned in Q4 of 2019 and falling in line with Northland Power’s own schedule, as the operator has announced that project completion is expected by the end of 2019.

Looking at the chart below, 2019 is a major year for project commissioning in Germany, with 1,365MW worth of projects forecast to be deployed. 255MW of these projects are already under construction, whilst the remaining 1,110MW in the pre-construction phase. The Deutsche Bucht project currently makes up 22% of this pre-construction total, however it will move out of this category in Q3 of 2018, as this is when the installation of the foundations is forecast to begin.  

Source: RenewableUK Project Intelligence 

A full breakdown, project by project, of the chart is available on the RenewableUK Project Intelligence Hub in the forecast section.

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