Wind energy – Arcadis Ost 1
Vestas has secured a firm order for the 257 MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind project from Parkwind, to deliver 27 V174-9.5 MW turbines 19 km north east off the coast of the Island of Rugen, in the German Baltic Sea.
The order confirms the fifth collaboration between Vestas (previously through MHI Vestas Offshore Wind) and Parkwind on offshore wind projects, and the first outside Belgium.
The V174-9.5 MW turbines will be installed using a new floating installation method, an industry-first, instead of the typical method using a jack-up vessel.
In collaboration with Parkwind and the vessel operator, Heerema Marine Contractors, a dual crane vessel will be used which enables the floating installation method, involving dynamic lifting and installation of all turbine components.
This innovative installation method prevents challenges with seabed and soil conditions by avoiding contact with the seabed altogether and therefore reduces project risk by allowing faster installation time, contributing to reducing the levelised cost of energy for the project.
Once installed, Vestas will also service Arcadis Ost 1 with a 15-year service contract.
“The floating installation method we are utilising will potentially be a gamechanger for installing projects in deeper waters, saving time and further reducing the cost of offshore wind. Projects like Arcadis Ost 1 will continue to deliver on Germany’s offshore wind ambitions, to reach 20 GW of installed wind by 2030,” said Nils de Baar, President of Vestas Northern & Central Europe.