Denmark based energy group Dong Energy has annaouned its plans to move ahead with the construction of the 450MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm in Germany.

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Planed to be built in the North Sea, approximately 57km off the north-west coast of Germany, the wind project will feature 56 units of MHI Vestas-built 8MW wind turbines with rotor spans of 164m.

Upon full commissioning, which is scheduled in the first half of 2019, the wind farm is expected bring Dong Energy’s installed offshore wind capacity to 6.7GW exceeding the 2020 target which aims to have 6.5GW capacity.

Dong Energy wind power head and executive vice-president Samuel Leupold said: "Offshore wind is a significant contribution to the German energy transition, and Borkum Riffgrund 2 confirms DONG Energy’s position as one of the major investors in the renewable energy infrastructure in Germany.

"The 8MW turbine takes offshore wind efficiency a further step forward, and the size of the Borkum Riffgrund 2 project is yet another indication of market maturity. We’ll continue our relentless efforts to drive down the cost of electricity from offshore wind."

The project is designed to supply clean electricity required to power approximately 460,000 German households annually.

Dong Energy said that the Borkum Riffgrund 2 represent its fourth offshore wind farm in Germany.

Dong Energy Wind Power Germany country manager Trine Borum Bojsen said: "After completion of Borkum Riffgrund 2, Dong Energy will have installed approximately 1.35GW of offshore wind in German waters and supply power to 1.4 million households."

The company commissioned the 312MW Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm in Germany in 2015.

Featuring 78 Siemens wind turbines each with a capacity of 3.6MW, the project is designed to generate clean electricity to meet demand of around 320,000 German households.


Image: Dong Energy’s Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm in Germany. Photo: courtesy of DONG Energy A/S.