Bard Offshore 1 wind farm is complete

Thursday, 8 August, 2013 - 10:00
Photo: Bard

After two years of construction, all components of the German offshore wind farm Bard Offshore 1 are now installed. In December 2010, the Bard Group reported that the first wind turbine had gone into operation; on 1 August 2013 they now announced that all 80 systems are installed and that 65 of them are already feeding electricity into the grid. The remaining 15 wind turbines will be connected to the grid by September.

With a capacity of 400 MW, Bard Offshore 1 is the most powerful German offshore wind farm to date. It is located in the North Sea, about 100 km northwest of the island of Borkum. Even though Bard had to learn some lessons the hard way during initial construction phases, the project gained considerable momentum towards the end: During the first seven months of this year, 40 turbines were constructed and brought on-line simultaneously. This was made possible by the use of four installer ships, more than a dozen specialized support vessels and a hotel ship. As a result, the number of employees at the construction site was permanently increased to over 400 people.

With a total area of approximately 60 km2, Bard Offshore 1 occupies an area the size of more than 8,500 football fields or the city of Flensburg. More than 120,000 tonnes of steel were used for the 80 wind turbines. When all 80 5-MW-class turbines are running, Bard Offshore 1 will produce as much electricity as all private households in the greater Munich area consume. The owner and operator is Ocean Breeze Energy.

"We are proud of the successful effort we made at the Bard Offshore 1 wind farm. Our employees have shown an extraordinary commitment to meet the completion deadline for construction, which we publicly announced in the fall of 2011. The learning curve of the Bard team in this pioneering project is impressive. Their performance in 2013 demonstrates the speed with which offshore wind farms can be built in the future," says Michael Baur, CEO of the Bard Group.

Katharina Garus

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