Cadeler has signed a contract with Siemens Gamesa for the transportation and installation of 26 Siemens Gamesa 11MW wind turbines at the Aflandshage wind farm developed by HOFOR, Greater Copenhagen utility company. When finished, the wind farm will have a capacity of up to 300MW and produce enough energy to power 300,000 Danish households with renewable offshore energy. The wind farm will be located in Øresund, about 10 kilometers off the south coast of Copenhagen, Denmark. The installation will begin in 2026. Cadeler will use one of its O-class vessels, which by the time will feature a new and larger main crane with a lifting capacity of 1,600 metric tons at a radius of 40 meters. The main hook will be able to reach 160 meters above the main deck.
The Aflandshage is one out of a number of planned offshore wind parks in the Danish waters that will power Danish homes with renewable electricity in the coming years. Last year, the Danish parliament agreed to quadruple the production of solar and wind energy on land by 2030, as well as fivefold the capacity of offshore wind power.
The planning of the project has taken 11 years, and the location has been carefully selected with consideration to the nearby Natura 2000 areas, coastline, shipping traffic and air traffic. The Danish utility company applied for the wind farm through the open-door scheme.
The gravity based foundations will be placed on the seabed surrounded by large stones to create an artificial stone reef that can foster local biodiversity and marine life.
Mikkel Gleerup, CEO at Cadeler says: “It feels good to be back on home ground to install wind turbines in Øresund and be part of this well-planned project together with HOFOR and Siemens Gamesa. We have installed wind turbines of this size and capacity many times before, and we look forward to once again be using our skills, know-how and assets to help power the grid with the urgent need for green electricity.”
Henrik Plougmann Olsen, CEO at HOFOR comments, “I am proud that HOFOR is contributing to the necessary green transition, and that we can provide electricity equivalent to the consumption of 300,000 households with this offshore wind farm. I look forward to our cooperation with Siemens Gamesa to create Aflandshage Wind Farm. Within a few years we can provide great amounts of green electricity to the region around Øresund, where we know for a fact that the need will only increase in the coming years. We are not there yet, since we are still awaiting the final approvement of the project economy from our owner, The Municipality of Copenhagen, but today we have taken an important step for the green transition around Øresund.”