Gode Wind 3 offshore wind farm is being developed in the North Sea, offshore Germany. In picture, monopile foundations. (Credit: © Jan De Nul)
The power generated from the wind farm will be collected and exported by the substation via dedicated underground cables. (Credit: Tekmar Group plc)
The project will have a capacity of around 253MW. (Credit: Prysmian Group)

Gode Wind 3 is an offshore wind farm project being developed in the North Sea, offshore Germany.

The 253MW offshore wind farm is co-owned by Danish energy company Ørsted and Glennmont Partners. The two entities are developing Gode Wind 3 simultaneously with the Borkum Riffgrund 3 wind farm, also located in German waters of the North Sea.

The Final Investment Decision (FID) on the two projects were made in December 2021.

Gode Wind 3 is expected to start commercial operations in 2024.

The two offshore wind farms, once operational, will be capable of meeting energy requirements of around 1.2 million German households.

Ownership Details

Gode Wind 3 was awarded to Ørsted in 2017 and 2018 as two separate projects via offshore wind auctions with a weighted average feed-in tariff of €81 per MWh.

In October 2023, Ørsted signed an agreement to divest 50% interest of the Gode Wind 3 to funds managed by infrastructure investment firm Glennmont Partners.

The €473m ($515m) transaction includes 50% ownership value of the offshore wind farm and a commitment to fund 50% of its construction.

The deal closed in December 2023.

Gode Wind 3 Location

The Gode Wind 3 offshore wind farm will be located in German North Sea inside the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), approximately 32km northwest of the island of Norderney within cluster 3.

The Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farms will be around 60km away from each other.

The total size of the combined area is approximately 95km2.

Gode Wind 3 Infrastructure and Transmission

The offshore wind farm will include 23 units of the Siemens Gamesa 11.0-200 DD turbines.

Each turbine features a 200m diameter rotor and utilises 97m long Siemens Gamesa B97 Integral Blades.

The turbines will be placed on 100m-long monopile foundations. These foundations will have diameter of almost 10m and will weigh 1,200 tonnes or more.

Ørsted also elected to use monopiles with secondary steel components instead of a transition piece to connect the turbine and foundation.

Scour protection will be installed at all the locations before installation.

A network of inter-array cable systems totalling more than 150km will connect the wind turbines to an offshore substation platform before it is transmitted to the German mainland.

The offshore substation will also remotely monitor the offshore wind farm.

Gode Wind 3 offshore wind farm will be connected to the extra-high voltage grid via DolWin kappa offshore platform, a key component of DolWin6 grid connection that will send wind power from the German North Sea to land.

Contractors Involved

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will provide 23 SG 11.0-200 Direct Drive offshore wind turbines for the project. The company will also be responsible for a service and maintenance agreement for five years.

In March 2021, Atlantique Offshore Energy secured a contract from Ørsted for the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and commissioning of the offshore electrical substation for the Gode Wind 3 project.

Subsea cable manufacturer Zhongtian Technology Submarine Cable (ZTT) will provide the cable systems for the wind farm connection. In April 2021, Tekmar Energy was engaged by ZTT to supply its cable protection systems for the high-voltage grid connection.

In July 2021, Prysmian Group won a contract worth more than €60m for the design, supply, termination and testing of inter-array submarine cable systems for the Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farms.

As part of the contract, Prysmian is also responsible for providing over 150km of 66 kV XLPE–insulated cables to connect the Gode Wind 3 turbines to an offshore substation platform.

In September 2021, Ørsted signed strategic volume contracts with Bladt Industries and Steelwind Nordenham for 107 monopile foundations, including the foundation for the offshore substation for Gode Wind 3.

Under the contract, Steelwind Nordenham will be supplying 66 monopiles and Bladt Industries will deliver 41 monopiles.

In October 2021, Seaway 7, part of the Subsea7 Group, was engaged for the transport and installation of wind turbine generators.

Cadeler has been selected as the wind turbine generators (WTG) installation vessel supplier for the Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 projects in October 2021.

In November 2021, Boskalis was awarded an inter-array cable installation contract for Borkum Riffgrund 3 and Gode Wind 3 offshore wind farms. The scope of work includes the transport, installation and burial of a combined total of 106 inter-array cables.

Belgium-based Jan De Nul Group will be responsible for the transport and installation of 107 monopile foundations and one offshore substation topside at the Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 Offshore Wind Farms.

Rekefjord Stone was engaged by Jan De Nul Group for the supply of the scour protection material for the two offshore wind projects in January 2023.