A consortium of companies, EWE, E.ON, Vattenfall, and DOTI (Deutsche Offshore-Testfeld und Infrastruktur GmbH), has completed construction of the first of 12 wind turbines for the alpha ventus offshore wind farm in the North Sea. It’s the first offshore wind farm in German waters. The 5-MW turbine is situated 45 km north of Borkum island. Wind turbine construction began in mid-April 2009 and all 12 turbines in the €250 million project are scheduled for work by end of 2009. “For the first time, wind turbines of this size are being constructed this far offshore in 30-m deep waters,” says Wilfried Hube (EWE), overall project leader of alpha ventus.
Ongoing activities at sea can be followed on the internet. A webcam on the research platform FINO1 is focused on the construction site. A link to the webcam can be found right here.