Wind Energy – Arcadis Ost
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.
Vestas will manufacture blades at its Isle of Wight plant from the end of the second quarter of 2022.
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.
Turbine components will be delivered to the Port of Roenne on the Danish island of Bornholm, starting in the third quarter of 2022. Offshore installation is expected commence by the end of 2022 and Arcadis Ost 1 is planned for full operation in 2023.
The foundations for the 27 wind turbines and the transformer station will be installed by EPCI contractor DEME Offshore.