Vattenfall reports that on 27 January, the tower, nacelle and blades were installed for the first turbine at the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. At 605 MW it will be Denmark’s largest offshore array.
The installation follows the granting last week, by the Danish Energy Agency, of the licence to produce electricity. Despite the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the construction of Kriegers Flak is generally proceeding according to plan and scheduled to be fully operational no later than the end–2021. Compared to 2019, Kriegers Flak will increase Danish production of wind energy by 16 %.
“Kriegers Flak makes a significant contribution in the Nordic region to our goal of enabling fossil-free living. It is a unique project integrating offshore wind production and interconnectivity between two countries – Denmark and Germany. And at the same time, it signals that the exploitation of the Baltic Sea's huge potential for offshore wind is now gaining momentum,” commented Catrin Jung, head of Offshore Wind at Vattenfall.
The individual parts of the turbines are assembled at Port of Roenne on the Danish island of Bornholm. Afterwards they are shipped in sets of four to the construction site at sea. The 72 turbines are produced by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and will be commissioned on an ongoing basis as they are installed.
Vattenfall is Denmark's largest developer of offshore wind and is, in addition to Kriegers Flak, also building two offshore wind farms off Jutland's west coast.