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After more than four years of preparations, the first three four-legged jacket foundations were loaded out at Lindø Industripark last week, passing Kronborg on their way to the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm 34 km north of the island Rügen in Germany. More barges will follow over the summer.
COWI in joint venture with Rambøll IMS, formerly known as IMS Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, has designed the 70 jackets based on COWI's involvement in the project since the feasibility study phase and the preliminary geophysical and geotechnical investigations. The client who ordered the design is Iberdrola Renovables.
"It was amazing watching the 65 m high jackets pass Kronborg Castle". The foundations have been on the drawing board for years and finally last week they could been seen in real life! "I'm sure Shakespeare must have had the same feeling watching his own plays for the first time." stated the project manager Henrik Niedermayer. Over the summer, there will be many opportunities to watch the barges transporting the jacket foundations from Lindø on Funen via Elsinor to Rügen.
The jacket foundations have a weight of approximately 650 tons and will be installed in water depths of up to 42 meter. The wind farm will comprise seventy 5MW turbines with a total capacity of 350 MW.Bladt Industries have produced the 41 jackets. The remaining 29 jackets were/or will be constructed in Spain. The Wikinger offshore wind farm is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2017. Once in operation, the wind farm will supply power to more than 350,000 German households.
Timelapse of load out from Bladt Industries at Lindø.
Henrik NiedermayerHead of section, Offshore wind and marine structures email@example.com