The topside has been loaded out for the offshore substation at Northland Power’s 269MW Deutsche Bucht project off the coast of Germany.

The structure was built by the Smulders-Effiage joint venture and was loaded onto a pontoon at the Damen Shiprepair yard at Vlissingen in the Netherlands.

A jacket foundation for the substation had been loaded onto the pontoon a few days earlier.
Smulders said the structures will set sail to the Deutsche Bucht project site “as soon as all is ready and provided that weather allows it”.

Smulders-Eiffage was chosen by Van Oord for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the topside and jacket.

Smulders was responsible for steel constructions, architectural outfitting, sea fastening and load out of the topside and the jacket.

CG was responsible for HV/MV, while Eiffage was in charge of the LX/AUX, Smulders said.

Deutsche Bucht will comprise 33 MHI Vestas V164-8.4MW turbines on 31 monopile and two mono bucket foundations.

It is scheduled for commissioning in the latter part of this year.