World's largest offshore wind farm opens 100 turbines
The largest offshore wind farm in the world, with a total of 100 wind turbines, has just been established off the British coast. The Thanet offshore wind farm has the capacity to supply enough electricity to power 200,000 homes per year. The farm is located off the coast of Kent, in southern England. The project is part of a major renewable energy initiative, lead by the previous British government.
Vattenfall, the Swedish energy company, will be responsible for operating the wind farm. The company has also invested a total of approximately 880 million pounds for the farm development. The wind farm location is idea for operators, as the area is extremely windy. In comparison with other wind farms, an offshore turbine located near Britain is estimated to generate 50 percent more power than an identical one located in Germany, for example.
According to the European OffShore Wind Industry, half of Europe’s offshore wind farms currently under construction are located in Britain. A total of 16 are now being developed across Europe. According to RenewableUK, a trade group for the wind and marine renewable industry, wind has the ability to provide energy to close to three million British homes.
The Thanet offshore wind farm, which opened Thursday, September 23, covers a total area of 13.5 square miles, which is equivalent to 4,000 football fields, according to Vattenfall. The company is sensitive to installing wind farms in locations where the sight of the turbines offshore isn’t objected to by locals.
Thanet will only be the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm for a short period of time, as in late 2012 or 2013 the “London Array” is expected to generate power just north of the Thanet site. The plan is for a total of over 300 turbines of the Essex coast. According to the farm’s owners, the London Array has the potential to become the first one gigawatt offshore wind farm.
Swire Energy buys ALL NRG, Vestas wins Australia wind order
The company currently operates across wind markets in Europe and Asia. ALL NRG was established in 2014 by Nordic private equity firm, Via Equity, by the acquisition of four prominent energy-related companies: APRO Wind, VB Enterprise A/S, Q-Star Energy A/S and WTG Partners A/S.
Manfred Vonlanthen, CEO of Swire Energy Services, said: “This acquisition, alongside the investment of BladeInsight in June of this year, positions Swire Energy Services firmly within the wind industry. ALL NRG has an impressive track record and is a trusted service provider, with access to over 600 highly qualified technicians.
“With this competence, in combination with our global reach and our long-term experience operating safely in the offshore environment, we will be able to service OEMs, operators, and owners with a full spectrum of specialist services for wind projects globally. We welcome Michael Thatt and his team and look forward to developing our service offering together in line with our strategic vision for wind services within SES.”
Via Equity is happy to see the ALL NRG services continuing under new ownership and we are certain SES will have great opportunities to excel in the very promising market for wind and solar, added Peter Thorlund Haahr, partner at Via Equity.
This is the second wind focused acquisition for Swire Energy Services this year, and forms part of the company’s long-term strategic objective to grow its renewable energy sector offering to support customers through the energy transition.
ALL NRG will be rebranded Swire Energy Services, which will roll out across the organisation from August 3.
Vestas wins 58 MW wind project order in Australia
In partnership with Global Power Generation, a subsidiary of the multinational power company Naturgy Group, Vestas has secured a 58MW deal for Crookwell 3 Wind Farm in New South Wales, Australia. The project will feature 16 V126-3.45 MW wind turbines in 3.6 MW operating mode which Vestas will supply and install.
Upon completion, Vestas will also deliver a 15-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. This agreement will optimise energy production while also providing long-term business case certainty.
“As the largest installer and maintainer of wind turbines, both globally and nationally, we are pleased that customers like Global Power Generation (Naturgy Group) continue to choose our leading technology, market experience and broad service solutions”, said Purvin Patel, President of Vestas Asia Pacific.
“Global Power Generation (Naturgy Group) is a globally valued customer to Vestas”, said Peter Cowling, Head of Vestas Australia and New Zealand. “We look forward to championing their ambitious vision of sustainability in Australia through the successful delivery of Crookwell 3 Wind Farm, and our remaining projects which are currently in progress.
Once again, Global Power Generation is very pleased to partner with Vestas as OEM and long-term maintenance provider for Crookwell 3 Wind Farm, added Pedro Serrano, Chief Business Development Officer, Global Power Generation (Naturgy Group). Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2022, with commissioning to commence in Q4 2022.
Last month leading CEOs from the global wind industry united to call on G20 members to show leadership in the climate crisis by raising national ambitions and urgently laying out concrete plans for increased wind energy production to replace fossil fuels (click here).