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22
Sep
2016

Discover one of the North Sea's largest offshore wind projects

ENGIE Fabricom, Tractebel ENGIE and Iemants have formed a joint venture to build the Merkur Offshore wind farm, one of the largest energy generation sites in the North Sea. The project marks a crucial step in the German energy transition.

From 2018 onwards, the 66 wind turbines of the Merkur Offshore wind farm in the North Sea will generate enough energy to meet the electricity needs of around 500,000 households every year.

  • Offshore turbines harness the power of sea winds to generate energy in the form of electricity. © Adwen

Two ENGIE Group companies - ENGIE Fabricom and Tractebel ENGIE - have formed a joint venture with Iemants to deliver an ambitious project to generate dependable, renewable energy in the North Sea. Located around 45 km north of the island of Borkum, Merkur Offshore will eventually supply the electricity needs of around 500,000 households every year, when it comes on-stream in 2018.

Construction of one of the largest North Sea offshore wind farms

With 66 turbines, the 396-megawatt Merkur Offshore wind farm represents a major step towards Germany's energy turnaround. Generating enough power to supply clean electricity to 500,000 homes per year from 2018 onwards, it will use turbines rated at 6 MW each. The wind farm will cover 47 km² of sea 45 km offshore.

An innovative joint venture

The joint venture formed by ENGIE Fabricom and Tractebel ENGIE with Iemants has been awarded the contract for the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of the Merkur Offshore project substation. The two ENGIE Group companies will take on the role of EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractor.

As the European leader in innovative multi-technical solutions and services for the energy market, ENGIE Fabricom is a major stakeholder in Europe's energy transition. Tractebel is one of the world's largest consulting engineers, and makes an essential contribution to shaping tomorrow's world.

For the Merkur Offshore project, the responsibilities of each partner will be as follows:

  • ENGIE Fabricom, as lead partner, has responsibility for overall integration of all the systems involved in the offshore substation throughout its construction phase in 2016 and 2017. The company will also be responsible for all LV and auxiliary systems.
  • Tractebel is responsible for the basic and detailed engineering, supply, testing and commissioning of the HV/MV equipment used in the 33/155 kV offshore substation.
  • Iemants is responsible for the basic and detailed engineering, supply, testing and commissioning of the corrosion protection applied to the steel structures used for the topside and jacket.
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