Vattenfall and SWM have commissioned the accommodation platform for DanTysk offshore wind farm.
From 2014 onwards, quiet rooms with a shower, internet access and a TV will make everyday life more comfortable for the members of the DanTysk Wind Farm maintenance team – right in the middle of the harsh North Sea. Vattenfall and the Stadtwerke Munich have now commissioned the Schleswig-Holstein based company Nobiskrug, whose headquarters is in Rendsburg, to build the offshore accommodation platform. The platform will be built in the Abu Dhabi MAR dockyard Kiel. The beginning of construction work is scheduled for spring 2013; the platform should then be erected on the DanTysk wind farm 70 km from Sylt in autumn 2014. The platform will be able to cater for up to 50 people and will be in use 365 days a year.
“We are pleased to have gained in Nobiskrug an experienced partner from Northern Germany, for the construction of the accommodation platform,” says Holger Grubel, project director of Dan Tysk. “This proves that offshore wind can generate local added value in Germany.”
The idea of housing service teams in living quarters directly on offshore wind farms has not been seen in Germany before. The idea originates from the oil and gas industries. As well as providing accommodation for the crew, the living quarters will include a catering complex, washing facilities, workshops, storage areas, offices and room for leisure activities. "Anyone who's experienced the harsh climate of the North Sea, with its strong winds and waves, will understand the importance of good working and living conditions for the maintenance teams on site. In Germany we're facing particular challenges because offshore wind farms are located up to 100 kilometres from the coast," explains Holger Grubel, head of the DanTysk project. "At these distances it simply isn't possible for crews to commute by ship every day. It would take too long to transfer crew members and the risk of some of them getting sea sick and being unable to work would be too high. The accommodation platform will be anchored on solid ground which means a safer and more comfortable environment for our teams," says Grubel.
In total there will be 80 wind turbines at the DanTysk wind farm, generating 288 MW of climate neutral electricity for around 400,000 households. Installation of the wind turbines at DanTysk is due to start in December 2012. The entire wind farm is planned to be up and running in 2014.
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Dates and facts about the DanTysk offshore wind farm
- Name: DanTysk offshore wind farm
- Number of wind turbines: 80
- Nominal capacity of each turbine: 3.6 MW
- Overall installed capacity: 288 MW
- Predicted annual electricity generation
= consumption by number of German households: 1.3 gigawatt hours (GWh) > 400,000
- Depth of water: 21 to 32 m
- Foundation type: Monopiles
- Size of the wind farm: 70 km2
- Distance from the coast: 90 km (70 km from Sylt)
- Height of rotor blade above sea level: 148 m
- Height of nacelle: 88 m
- Rotor diameter: 120 m
- Submarine cable: Sylwin1
- Length of cables from the coast: 165 km from the converter station
- Landing point of the cable: Büsum
- Distance between the cable landing point and the transformer station: 45 km
- Start of construction: December 2012
- Planned commissioning date: Mid 2014
Equipping the living quarters at DanTysk
The offshore wind industry in Germany faces particular challenges as the wind farms are partially located up to 100 kilometres off the coast. Offshore accommodation platforms are already known from the oil and gas industry. The living quarters at the DanTysk offshore wind farm will be 20 metres above sea level and will house up to 50 people The living space will amount to 2,500 square metres. It will be home to maintenance teams 365 days a year, with these teams working for periods of 2-3 weeks at a time. The members of the crew will have individual rooms, each equipped with a bath, TV, internet access and a telephone. Communal areas will include a reading room and a recreation room with a range of leisure activities. The living quarters will also be equipped with a hospital room and a pharmacy. There will be offices available for wind farm managers, worker safety managers and external specialists. These will all be fitted with the appropriate communication technology, such as radars, satellite reception and fibre optic links.