By Gary Thomas
Construction of the first 400 MW offshore wind farm, dubbed Global Tech I and initiated by Windreich, commenced as stipulated. The project work was carried out effectively by Tim Kittelhake.
Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. (FH) Willi Balz, collected approximately 800 M in equity on behalf of Global Tech I. Expert managers from Windreich now serve as MDs for the second Windreich North Sea windfarm MEG 1.
In another few days, the North Sea windfarm having 80 wind turbines type AREVA Wind M5000 of 5 MW (total of 400 MW) output will be installed in the German North Sea. Primarily, the self-installing and floating Alstom substation will be towed from the Rotterdam-based shipyard to the 43-sq.km construction site. This will be followed by shipment of first tripods having robust foundations for deepwaters weighing 950 t, from their storage site on the Bremerhaven’s ABC peninsula to windfarm area beyond 180 km. The installation of the internal farm cabling will begin during the autumn of 2012, thereby full completion is anticipated by 2013 end as per schedule.
Global Tech I will deliver economic and safe generated electricity for 1 M individuals. Two year-long expertise with the Alpha Ventus test windfarm, and the 5 MW AREVA technology will contribute to over 4500 full load hours and 98% availability. During low wind year 2011, Alpha Ventus did not succeed in generating electricity on three day-period. North Sea wind power can effectively generate a base load.