Merkur Offshore Wind Farm

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Also known as MEG Offshore 1, the Merkur Offshore Wind Farm is a burgeoning renewable energy site, lying within Germany’s territorial waters.  The project is located 60km offshore in the North Sea, and represents a significant investment for its 5 owners and a welcome energy utility for the 500,000 homes it serves.  The joint venture behind the wind farm is comprised of DEME Concessions Wind NV and the Windreiche Group of companies (trading together as Merkur Offshire GmbH) and has utilised GE Renewable Energy’s (GE Energy or GE) wind turbines.

The 66 turbines provided by GE Energy are capable of generating 1,750 GWh each year and collectively will provide 400MW of power. GE ‘s Haliade 150-6MW turbines boast a 150 meter rotor blade circumference (where each blade is 73.50 meters long) and a single installation is sufficient to provide power to 5,000 average or typical European homes.

Located 45km north of the Borkum Islands, the Merkur Offshore Wind Farm is one a several wind power developments in the area and an important element in Germany’s plans to achieve its renewable energy targets.


Merkur Wind Farm Prepares for Construction Phase

It’s no secret that Germany is striving to improve its renewable energy profile. In 2016, Germany grew its clean energy supply to meet 29.5 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Of this, 5.9 per cent is generated through solar power installations; two per cent through offshore wind; 10.3 per cent comes from onshore wind farms; seven per cent from biomass; and 3.3 per cent from hydroelectric plants, with less than one per cent coming from waste to energy programmes.

Now, the pre-construction phase of the Merkur Wind Farm is well underway, and the 66-turbine wind farm with an estimated cost of €1.6 billion will contribute significantly to Germany’s offshore wind energy generation capacity. InDepth NRG investigates.

Merkur Wind Farm Facts

Merkur Wind Farm is a joint venture between DEME Concessions Wind NV and the Windreich Group of companies. DEME Concessions is known for its dredging, land reclamation, and offshore wind energy projects. The company has already participated in the construction of the Thornton Bank Wind Farm, Belgium’s largest, and has partnered with Otary for the development of Rentel, Seastar, and Mermaid off the Belgian coast.

Windreich develops and finances on- and offshore wind farms with a focus on the German energy market. Prior to the announcement of its partnership with DEME in 2015, it was solely responsible for the development of the Merkur Wind Farm.

Haliade 150-6MW turbines from GE Energy have already been chosen for the wind farm, and the 66 turbines and the 396MW wind farm will generate enough energy to power 280,469 German homes, eliminating over 566,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

Merkur will be located 45km North of Bokrum in a North Sea economic zone with favourable seabed conditions at a depth of 27–33m and reliably strong winds. When complete, it will be among Germany’s largest North Sea wind farms.

Progress to Date

Merkur announced that it had reached financial close in August 2016 after raising the required €1.6 billion capital investment required for the project. 500 million was contributed by The Partners Group consortium of sponsors which now holds 50 per cent equity, while InfraRed Capital Partners secured a 25 per cent share, and DEME’s investment group obtaining 12.5 per cent equity. Other financial stakeholders include GE Energy Financial Services and the French state-owned energy company ADEME with 6.25 per cent equity each.

GE Renewable Energy is particularly pleased that its Haliade turbines have been chosen for the Merkur Wind Farm. Speaking after the financial close, Jérôme Pécresse, President and CEO of GE Renewable Energy said: “This is a significant milestone for both the Merkur Offshore project and the European offshore wind industry. Securing this funding ensures the first large-scale commercial deployment of our state-of-the-art Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine in Europe. The Merkur project also signals our continued commitment to the development of offshore wind farms around the world.”

Referring to Germany’s aggressive move away from non-renewable energy sources which has led to the closure of several coal-fired and nuclear power stations, Brandon Prater, Partner and Co-Head Private Infrastructure with the Partners Group observed: “Merkur is a timely project and will contribute towards maintaining the country’s energy supply, while catering to the long-term shift towards renewables in the power generation mix.”

“With our investments in the Merkur project, DEME continues to be at the forefront of offshore wind energy developments in Germany and beyond,” said Alain Bernard, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the DEME Group. “GeoSea, DEME’s specialist in complex offshore marine engineering projects, will realise the construction of Merkur Offshore. Our specialist team in Bremen will play a major role in the execution of the project.”

Construction and Innovation

The planned commencement date for Merkur is 2017 with the completion date set for March 2019. Implementing its existing expertise, GeoSea – a subsidiary of DEME Concessions – will install the new generation XL monopiles and accompanying scour protection. DEME will also undertake cable laying operations. It will be assisted by the UK-based SeaRoc Group which will provide its SeaPlanner integrated personnel and vessel tracking software and access control hardware. The technology has recently been upgraded to feature enhanced mapping functionality, metocean data feeds and helicopter tracking features.

The Haliade turbines to be used for the Merkur Wind Farm are gearless and feature GE Power Conversion’s new converters within the turbines’ towers and this feature saves €13 million in assembly costs. After turbine installation, GE will be responsible for turbine maintenance. In addition, GE Power Conversion will be developing the offshore substation, which will not only process power from the Merkur Wind Farm, but also from other wind farms nearby. Ultimately, it will be processing the energy produced by 300 turbines.

Paul Hennemeyer, Managing Director for Global Markets at GE Financial Services, says that the Merkur project publicity is already exciting interest in the Haliade turbine: “People are now taking GE seriously in the offshore wind market, and we are getting calls about doing other projects.”

A Wind Farm Worth Waiting For

Although the Merkur Wind Farm has been off to a slow start, owing to initial planning and financial constraints, it has overcome these challenges, and five years after its approval by the German Government, nothing remains to obstruct its progress. Financing has been secured, and its shareholders, DEME and GE Energy, have the technical wherewithal to ensure successful project completion.

The Merkur Wind Farm will consolidate Germany’s position as the world’s leading proponent of transition from fossil-fuel-based energy to clean energy. It has committed to some of the most aggressive emissions reduction targets ever considered and aims to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. Germany will be expanding its offshore wind energy generation capacity substantially in the coming years as it aims to obtain 33 per cent of its energy from this source. The Merkur Wind Farm is a significant step towards this goal, and it seems almost inevitable that both GE Energy and DEME will be important players in Germany’s future wind energy projects


Record Year for Connections Increases Total Renewable Capacity in the North of Scotland

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Read full story by clicking on this link:Record Year for Connections Increases Total Renewable Capacity in the North of Scotland to Over 4.5GW

The electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland is now supporting over 4.5GW of renewable electricity following the recent successful connections of Bienneun (Blue Energy, 108.8MW) and Bhlaraidh (SSE Renewables, 108MW) wind farms. The connection of the two wind farms, which were both delivered ahead of schedule, brings the total amount of renewable electricity connected in the north of Scotland so far this financial year to over 500MW, the highest combined capacity that has connected to the north of Scotland transmission network in a single year since privatisation.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), operating under licence as Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Plc, owns and maintains the electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland. Under its licence, SSEN is required to develop and maintain an efficient, coordinated and economical system of electricity transmission, ensuring there is sufficient network capacity and providing a connection for developers who wish to export their generated electricity to the grid.

In advance of the imminent closure of the Renewables Obligations Scheme at the end of the financial year, there has been an increased demand for SSEN to provide connections to its transmission network for renewable developers. In response to this demand, SSEN has worked closely and collaboratively with its customers, focussed on delivering its connections to meet the specific needs and expectations of individual developers. In the case of the combined Bienneun and Bhlaraidh connection scheme, SSEN and the two developers agreed an accelerated delivery programme to ensure connection to the transmission system before changes to renewable subsidies come into effect.

Commenting, Alastair Brand, Director of Transmission Customer Connections, said:
“The demands of our customers to provide a timely connection to our transmission network have never been higher, with over 500MW of renewables already connected this financial year alone.

“I am extremely proud we have not only met the expectations and grid connection dates of the vast majority of our connection customers, in many cases we have delivered early on our commitments, providing those developers the opportunity of an earlier than expected opportunity to start exporting to the grid.

“Our network is now supporting over 4.5GW of low carbon renewable electricity, enough to comfortably power the north of Scotland and beyond when weather conditions are conducive for renewable energy.

“As we continue to grow our network to meet the needs of customers now and in the future, we will continue to place our customers at the heart of our approach to connections, building on our strong legacy as the leading GB Transmission Owner for connecting renewable projects on time.”

SSEN expects to connect a significant number of new renewable projects to its transmission network throughout the remainder of this decade, with enough contracted projects to more than double the current capacity of renewable electricity in the north of Scotland, subject to individual projects going forward.

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Virginia’s Rocky Forge Wind Farm Approved

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Rocky Forge Wind Given Green Light by Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

March 2, 2017 — Charlottesville, VA — The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has approved Apex Clean Energy’s “Permit by Rule” (PBR) application for the Rocky Forge Wind project, marking the first time such a project has received the statewide approval and a key milestone for Virginia’s clean energy economy.

Rocky Forge Wind is a 75-to-80-megawatt project located in a remote section of northern Botetourt County. The project will provide enough electricity to power up to 20,000 homes annually while providing $20 million to $25 million in state and local tax revenue throughout the project’s life and creating jobs during construction and beyond.

Wind energy will help drive the Virginia economy forward, especially in terms of creating great jobs,” said Mark Goodwin, president and CEO of Apex Clean Energy. “In addition to new opportunities related to the construction and operation of Rocky Forge Wind in Botetourt County, Apex employs more than 200 people today in Charlottesville. Linked with competitive pricing and clear evidence that new clean energy generation attracts major corporate investment, Rocky Forge Wind is set to begin a new chapter in Virginia’s energy future.”

The PBR process itself required more than two years of consultation and study with the DEQ and other agencies in the Secretariat of Natural Resources. The permit application covered each phase of constructing and operating Rocky Forge Wind, from pre-construction natural resource analyses to post-construction monitoring.

Rocky Forge Wind previously received unanimous approval at all levels of local permitting as well as the endorsement of the local chapter of the Sierra Club, the Virginia Deer Hunters Association, and the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund, among other groups.

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Vestas wins 50 MW order in Norway

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Fortum has placed an order for 14 V126-3.45 MW turbines with Power Optimised Modes to 3.6 MW, demonstrating the competitiveness of Vestas V126-3.45 MW in the Nordic region.
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The firm and unconditional order is for the Ånstadblåheia wind park in the municipality of Sortland, continuing the momentum Vestas has built in Norway. The contract includes supply and installation of the wind turbines, as well as a 5-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service agreement. Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018.   With combined orders of close to 1,500 MW in Norway, Sweden and Finland, the V126-3.45 MW and the previous 3.0 MW and 3.3 MW rating variants are proving how the right technology can provide a strong business case in the Nordic region.

“Ånstadblåheia is an excellent wind site and yet another milestone in our strategy to expand within renewable energy. Vestas’ continuous technology development, as we see it in V126-3.45 MW’s performance, was key in our decision to choose Vestas for the project,” says Philippe Stohr, Vice President of Wind Power at Fortum.

Klaus Steen Mortensen, President at Vestas Northern Europe, adds: “Building on our good relationship from Solberg wind park in Sweden, we are proud that Fortum has again chosen Vestas and opted for our V126-3.45 MW for their Ånstadblåheia wind power plant in Norway. Vestas has the industry’s most versatile products and this project underlines our ability to provide the right technology solutions for the challenging market conditions of the Nordic region.”

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Nordex strengthens its position in Ireland


Nordex turbines of more than 500 MW operating in the Republic of Ireland

Hamburg, 6 March 2017. The Nordex Group has passed a new milestone in the Republic of Ireland: with the commissioning of Energia Renewables’ 95 megawatt (MW) “Meenadreen” wind farm in Donegal the manufacturer passed the 500 MW mark for turbines in operation. In total, Nordex turbines with a capacity of 529 MW are now producing green power for the Irish Republic, corresponding to a market share of almost 20 percent.

In addition, in 2016 the Nordex Group improved its position in this country; with 184 MW in order intake the manufacturer approximately doubled the figure for 2015.

An example for the good development is the order for the “Slievecallan West” project received at the end of 2016. The manufacturer will be supplying 18 N90/2500 turbines for this wind farm for the Irish wind farm developer JV, Invis Energy. The turbines are to be installed on 80-metre tubular steel towers in County Clare on Ireland’s west coast. Invis Energy has also contracted the Nordex Group to service the turbines on the basis of a Premium Service contract for a period of 15 years.

“Slievecallan West” is Nordex Group’s third project with Invis Energy following the (now operational) “Knockduff” (65 MW) and “Killaveenoge” (25 MW), which is currently being commissioned.

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DEME orders next generation offshore installation vessel ‘Orion’


‘Orion’ will feature an unrivalled combination of exceptionally high transport and load capacity, impressive lifting heights and green technology. The vessel will be built at COSCO in China and is set to be delivered in 2019.

‘Orion’ will be deployed by DEME’s subsidiary GeoSea for the construction of the largest offshore wind farms, to service the oil and gas industry and for decommissioning of offshore installations.

With a total installed capacity of 44,180 kW ‘Orion’ will be equipped with a high-tech crane with lifting capacity of 3,000 tonnes at more than 50 metres. The loads can be lifted to an unrivalled height of more than 170 m. Deck space has been maximised to provide exceptionally high transport and load capacity. The vessel can take the heaviest monopiles, jackets, wind turbine components and structures in a single shipment. With this unmatched combination of high load and lifting capacity, ‘Orion’ can transport and install the next generation of giant multi-megawatt wind turbines.

Environmental considerations have been an important element of the vessel design. ‘Orion’ has dual fuel engines and can run on natural gas (LNG). It will have a Green Passport and Clean Design notation. It will also have other environmental innovations on board, such as a waste heat recovery system that converts heat from the exhaust gasses and cooling water to electrical energy.

The 216.5 metres long Orion, featuring DP3 capability, can accommodate a crew of up to 131 people.

Luc Vandenbulcke, Managing Director GeoSea: “With ‘Orion’ we will be uniquely positioned to meet the future requirements of our customers and the trend towards larger capacity turbines and bigger wind farm projects, delivering energy at lower costs. ‘Orion’ will be capable of installing mega monopiles at greater depths. With DP3 technology the offshore installation vessel can continue operations under the most challenging conditions.”

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Construction finish a two wind farms on the same day


Wednesday the 1st of March saw the first day of spring, and the last day of erection for two wind farms. Both Tormywheel and Burton Wold South had their final rotors lifted in to place, marking the completion of the two wind farms’ construction.

Tormywheel is a 15 turbine site in West Lothian, developed by Muirhall Energy and WWS. The first towers were assembled in November 2016, however there was a short delay for blade assembly whilst waiting for the new radar mitigation for Edinburgh Airport. The radar is being built to ensure that the moving turbines are not confused with aircraft on the radar screen, a deal for which was put in place in Summer 2015 with NATS. The 15 Senvion MM92 turbines will each stand at 111 metres tall, and will have a total generating capacity of 30.75MW. The site, which was acquired by Muirhall Energy and WWS Renewables in 2015, is expected to supply over 24,000 homes once operational.

Infinergy partnered with Muirhall Energy and WWS to complete construction at Burton Wold South –  a 3 turbine extension to Burton Wold Wind Farm near Kettering in Northamptonshire. The three GE turbines have a rated power of 2.75MW , are 135m to tip and use a 120m rotor.

Western Plains Wind Farm boosts Westar’s emission-free electricity to more than 50%.


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Westar Energy’s new Western Plains Wind Farm near Spearville is now complete, advancing Kansas’ position as a leading producer of renewable energy. With energy production from Western Plains Wind Farm, Westar Energy can now meet more than half the annual electricity needs of the homes, businesses and organizations it serves with no emissions.

“By carefully selecting the locations for our wind farms, we’ve cost-effectively grown our commitment to renewable energy,” John Bridson, senior vice president, generation and marketing, said. “In February, on a day with particularly windy conditions, there was one hour where we met 90 percent of our customers’ electricity needs with renewable energy.”

The Western Plains 280 megawatt wind farm in Ford County began full operation March 1. Westar will own and operate the wind farm, which Infinity Wind developed and Mortenson Construction built. Westar selected Siemens turbines. Nacelles, the key component housing the electric generators for the turbines, were manufactured in Hutchinson.

Over the next 20 years of operation about $75 million in land lease payments and payments to local and county government will boost the local economy. Construction entailed about 200 temporary jobs, and the wind farm brings about three dozen permanent jobs to the community.

Western Plains is the third wind farm owned by Westar Energy, in addition to eight wind farms and a land fill gas generator that Westar makes possible through long-term power contracts. Later this spring, Westar will add a 1 MW community solar installation in South Hutchinson to its renewable commitment. Renewable sources meet about a third the annual electricity needs of the homes, businesses and organizations served by Westar, with Wolf Creek Nuclear Generating Station providing another 20 percent.

Europe Wind energy magazine|Senvion wins major contract in the UK

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Contracts for over 151 megawatts for three onshore wind farms

Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has concluded contracts with Banks Renewables for the supply and installation of 47 turbines for three wind farm projects totalling 151 megawatts (MW). Senvion has also signed 20 year operations and maintenance contracts for all three projects.

Senvion will supply 26 of its 3.4M104 turbines for Kype Muir Wind Farm, located in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The wind farm will have a total rated output of 88 megawatts and will produce enough electricity to power 62,000 homes each year. The wind farm is expected to come online at the start of 2019.

Also located in South Lanarkshire, the Middle Muir Wind Farm will consist of 15 Senvion 3.4M114 turbines, eight at 79 meter hub height and seven at 93 meter hub height. These hub heights will enable the wind farm to take full advantage of variable wind speeds. The wind farm will have a total rated output of 51 megawatts and will produce enough electricity to power over 33,000 homes. Middle Muir is scheduled to go live in 2018.

Located near Darlington in North East England, Moor House Wind Farm will consist of six Senvion MM100 turbines at a total rated output of 12 megawatts and will produce sufficient energy to power 9000 homes. Delivery will start in August 2017 and commissioning is expected to be completed early in 2018.

The three wind farms were all successful in the UK government’s first competitive Contracts for Difference (CfD) programme for onshore and offshore projects in 2015.

Jürgen Geissinger, CEO of Senvion, said: “The successful conclusion of these three contracts continues the positive start to 2017 for Senvion. These orders also demonstrate that Senvion provides a strong product fit to match the market requirements and wind conditions in the UK.”

Guy Madgwick, Managing Director of Senvion Northern Europe, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our successful partnership with Banks Renewables. We look forward to building on this relationship through 2017 and beyond.”

Richard Dunkley, Managing Director at Banks Renewables, added: “We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Senvion. We are very pleased to be able to utilise their high quality turbines and expert support services once again for these three landmark projects. Onshore wind in general and these projects in particular represent the best value for money to consumers as the government seeks to deliver on its climate change obligations, and it’s exciting to now be accelerating the process of taking these wind farms forward.”

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Wind power|Senvion signs order for over 300 MW in Australia news


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Global expansion strategy continues successfully

Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has signed a conditional contract with Nexif Energy for the EPC contracts and maintenance agreements for the 25 turbine Glen Innes Wind Farm in New South Wales and the 59 turbine Lincoln Gap Wind Farm in South Australia.

Jürgen Geissinger, CEO of Senvion, said: “We are particularly happy to announce this contract with Nexif Energy, only a short time after being selected as single preferred supplier. This highlights the strong product fit Senvion can provide for Australian projects. We are very much looking forward to further building on our partnership with Nexif Energy.”

Both wind farms will see the introduction of the new Senvion 3.6M140 turbine into the Australian market. Compared to its predecessor, the energy yield has been increased by up to 20 per cent at wind speeds of 7.5 m/s, and the lifetime has been extended by 25 per cent from 20 to 25 years. Improvements to the blades have resulted in lower sound in all operating modes. Combined, the projects will deliver over 300 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy to Australian consumers.

Raymond Gilfedder, CEO and Managing Director of Senvion Australia said: “The next few years will be a busy time for the wind industry in Australia. Senvion is in an excellent position to contribute to Australia’s clean energy future with a great range of turbines and an experienced and professional team. The 3.6M140 turbine is particularly well suited to the Australian market delivering exceptional value to our customers.”

Raymond Gilfedder joined the Senvion Australia team recently as CEO and Managing Director after having been Managing Director for Senvion’s Northern Europe hub since 2013.

Since commencing operations in Australia in 2002, Senvion has installed 218 wind turbines from across the Senvion two megawatt series with a cumulated rated power of over 440 MW in Australia. Senvion Australia Pty. Ltd. is the regional subsidiary providing Senvion wind turbine technology and solutions across Australia, New Zealand and the Southern Pacific region.

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