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wpd starts implementation of the Gennaker offshore project

Gennaker offshore wind farmWith the conditional order of 103 Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbines with up to 9MW capacity each and the start of the main soil investigation at each individual turbine location, wpd has started the realisation of the Gennaker offshore wind farm located 15km off the Baltic Sea coast near the Darß peninsula. At the same time, the tendering process for the other main components and installation vessels is ongoing.

With a total capacity of 927MW, Gennaker will be the most powerful offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea to date. According to the schedule, the full project capacity will be installed by the end of 2026. The project will thus make an important contribution to the German government’s ambitious plans and targets for accelerating the energy transition. “It is thanks to the unconditional will of the parties involved to realise the Gennaker project that we have reached this important milestone. With this turbine, we are relying on proven technology and, in Siemens Gamesa, on a long-standing partner with whom we are now realising our fifth offshore project”, wpd COO Achim Berge Olsen comments on the signing of the Master Supply Agreement with Siemens Gamesa.

“The signing of this Master Supply Agreement for one of the largest planned offshore wind projects in the Baltic Sea confirms the proven cooperation between Siemens Gamesa and wpd. We are pleased with wpd’s confidence in our reliable and proven Direct Drive offshore wind turbines. In addition, we are proud to be able to contribute to the achievement of the ambitious offshore wind targets of the German government”, expresses Marc Becker, CEO of Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit.

“In the coming weeks and months, the grid connection will be tackled, and we can count on the good cooperation with the responsible grid operator 50Hertz. Thanks to the constant support of the state government in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, we are confident that we will also be able to master the challenges that still lie ahead of us in the future,” says long-time project manager and authorised signatory Andree Iffländer from the wpd Rostock site, describing the future. The Siemens Gamesa wind turbines will feature a rotor diameter of 167m. With the PowerBoost option engaged, each machine’s capacity can reach up to 9MW from its nameplate capacity of 8.6MW. Siemens Gamesa has also been conditionally awarded a 20-year Service agreement.