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Borkum West start drifts to 2015

Trianel’s 200MW Borkum West 2 offshore wind project in Germany has been hit by further delays and will have to wait until 2015 to export full power.

Trianel’s 200MW Borkum West 2 offshore wind project in Germany has been hit by further delays and will have to wait until 2015 to export full power.

The 800MW ABB-built transformer platform DolWin Alpha has been experiencing technical difficulties during final commissioning that have delayed start-up since last autumn.

Now the grid connection will not be fully commissioned before February 19, ABB has told grid operator TenneT.

TenneT declined to comment on the technical details, but said the problems were not the same as at transformer platform BorWin Alpha.

It is unclear when “test operations” will be possible allowing first export of power from Borkum West 2.

Test operation preparations at the wind farm have also been interrupted due to a technical problem at a power switching station of the Alstom-built transformer station, a spokesperson for Trianel said.

Alstom is currently mapping out a repair plan. “The device is not within easy reach”, the spokesperson said. “The repair will cause a delay of a few weeks.”

The latest delay means the German North Sea wind farm is running more than two years late overall.

All 40 turbines were erected in early June and are being powered by diesel.

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Trianel’s 200MW Borkum West 2 offshore wind project in Germany has been hit by further delays and will have to wait until 2015 to export full power.

The 800MW ABB-built transformer platform DolWin Alpha has been experiencing technical difficulties during final commissioning that have delayed start-up since last autumn.

Now the grid connection will not be fully commissioned before February 19, ABB has told grid operator TenneT.

TenneT declined to comment on the technical details, but said the problems were not the same as at transformer platform BorWin Alpha.

It is unclear when “test operations” will be possible allowing first export of power from Borkum West 2.

Test operation preparations at the wind farm have also been interrupted due to a technical problem at a power switching station of the Alstom-built transformer station, a spokesperson for Trianel said.

Alstom is currently mapping out a repair plan. “The device is not within easy reach”, the spokesperson said. “The repair will cause a delay of a few weeks.”

The latest delay means the German North Sea wind farm is running more than two years late overall.

All 40 turbines were erected in early June and are being powered by diesel.

The latest delays suggest ABB will have to book further losses on its turnkey contract for the 320kv, DolWin Alpha HVDC station. In January it booked charges of $260m in fourth quarter 2013 following delays to German projects including DolWin1.

Late last year Trianel reported it had incurred extra costs of a “high double-digit million amount” due to the delay of grid connection from October 2013 to January 2014.

Investment costs for Borkum West 2.1 were originally put at about €800m but have increased above €1bn as Trianel has been forced over the last three years to re-schedule construction a number of times because of grid delays.

The long wait: Turbines at Borkum West 2.1 have been fed by diesel power since early June.


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OCT 14 2014
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