Siemens installs first turbine in the Amrumbank West

Friday, 13 February, 2015 - 11:45
Components for the wind turbines being loaded onto the transport vessel in the Danish port of Esbjerg for further transport to the job site out at sea. (Photo: Siemens)
Components for the wind turbines being loaded onto the transport vessel in the Danish port of Esbjerg for further transport to the job site out at sea. (Photo: Siemens)

On February 11th, Siemens installed the first 3.6 MW wind turbine for the Amrumbank West offshore wind farm. The entire installation process took 24 hours, with work being performed around the clock in 12 hour shifts.

By this fall, 80 wind turbines with a total capacity of 288 MW will be installed at this site, located 35 km north of the island of Heligoland. Components for seven separate wind turbines can be stowed on the transport vessel. Depending on weather conditions, travel time to the job site out at sea is around 12 hours.

Siemens Project Manager Wolfgang Hercher is proud of his staff members: "The entire team is focused on making sure that everything is on board. Nothing may be left behind or forgotten when the ship disembarks. We cannot just turn around and jaunt back into port because a bolt is missing."

The HelWin2 converter platform is now ready as the grid connection for the project. The first few turbines will soon begin feeding power into the grid with the help of the platform. Once all of the turbines have been installed and connected, the Amrumbank West offshore wind farm will be capable of supplying up to 300,000 households with power and saving more than 740,000 metric tons of CO2 every year.

Katharina Garus / Siemens

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