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Blauwwind achieves First Power

Blauwwind achieves First Power

On 7th of August early in the morning, Blauwwind achieved First Power on the Borssele III/IV windfarm in the Dutch North Sea.

This marks a key milestone in the construction of the project as the first turbine is now generating power and delivering renewable electricity into the Dutch grid. 36 of the 77 turbines are now installed and after undergoing further initial tests in the coming weeks, it is expected that one additional turbine will become operational per day.

Completion of the offshore windfarm is currently expected in October 2020. Total expected power generation is 3,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year, enough to power more than 825,000 Dutch households.

I am proud of the team that has managed the safe execution and the commissioning phase, achieving first power on time,” says Roeland Borsboom, Project Director and CEO for Blauwwind. "Keeping a project of this scale and complexity on track in these challenging times can only be managed through good collaboration and flexibility. The delivery of First Power has been achieved in close cooperation with partners Van Oord, MHI Vestas and TenneT, who has provided grid readiness one month ahead of time."

The windfarm consists of 77 V164-9.5 megawatt (MW) turbines produced by MHI Vestas, with a total installed capacity of 731.5 MW. The Blauwwind consortium partners are Partners Group, Shell, DGE, Eneco Group and Van Oord. Shell and Eneco Group have also secured 15-year Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) from the Consortium, under which each will buy 50% of the power generated by the windfarm. Van Oord has executed the engineering, procurement and construction of the foundations and inter array cables. The offshore substation Borssele Beta has been designed and constructed by TenneT.