The up to 1600MW Nordseecluster offshore wind project in Germany has chosen Vestas as its preferred wind turbine supplier.
In the German North Sea, north of the island of Juist, there are four offshore wind project sites that make up the Nordseecluster, a joint venture between RWE (51%) and Northland Power (49%).
Vestas will provide 104 of its V236-15.0MW offshore wind turbines, pending the project’s FID.
After installation, Vestas will provide operations and maintenance services for the Nordseecluster under a multi-year service agreement.
Nils de Baar, President of Vestas Northern & Central Europe, said “We are proud to announce this preferred supplier agreement with RWE and Northland Power, two important partners, to jointly support the German energy targets and to increase the security of energy supply.
“Once completed, the Nordseecluster will contribute significantly to add clean electricity to the German grid.”
“This agreement also shows the competitiveness of the V236-15.0MW wind turbine for projects scheduled in the second half of this decade.”
CEO of RWE Offshore Wind Sven Utermöhlen added “The expansion of renewable energies must be rigorously driven forward. Faster offshore expansion is particularly important to simultaneously achieve climate targets and to create more energy independence. RWE is making its contribution to this.
“This includes the collaborative delivery of the 1.6GW Nordseecluster with Northland Power, through which we can achieve considerable synergies at our new wind farms, while at the same time actively supporting the energy transition in our home market Germany”.
Two phases will be used to build the Nordseecluster.
Currently, two wind farms with a combined capacity of 660 MW are applying for permits.
With commercial operation beginning in early 2027, turbine installation at sea is anticipated to begin in 2026. (Nordseecluster A).
The two wind farm locations for the second phase (Nordseecluster B) are anticipated to be up for auction this year and will add an additional 900MW of capacity.
Step-in rights are held by the joint venture between RWE and Northland Power for both sites.
Nordseecluster B’s offshore construction work is expected to start in 2028, and commercial operation will start in 2029.
The 332MW Nordsee One wind farm, which RWE and Northland Power jointly designed and run, will be right next to the North Sea cluster when it is finished.
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