Arcadis Ost 1 officially inaugurated in Berlin following unique installation process
BERLIN, November 6, 2023: Parkwind celebrated the inauguration of its 250MW Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm in Germany with a ceremony in Berlin, attended by representatives from the Belgian and German governments at which all parties highlighted their confidence in offshore wind as a key element of the energy transition.
Parkwind and its partners recently completed the installation of the last of 27 turbines at Arcadis Ost 1 in the German Baltic Sea, achieving a world first with the completion of an offshore wind farm installation without the use of jack-up vessels. By using self-propelled floating cranes and the world’s latest and largest installation vessels the ships were able to maintain their floating position without the use of tugs or anchors.
Parkwind and its partners were joined at the inauguration – virtually and in person – by key politicians from both countries who stressed the importance of cooperation between Belgium and Germany in this and other energy transition projects.
The Belgian Prime Minister Alexander Decroo, Belgian Minister of Energy Tinne Van der Straeten, the German Parliamentary State Secretary Michael Kellner from the Federal Ministry of Economy and Climate Action and the German Minister Christian Pegel from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania highlighted the importance of the Belgian-German collaboration on this challenging project.
A panel discussion between high-level representatives from Parkwind and partners Heerema, Vestas, DEME and 50 Hertz further enriched the event, providing a platform for industry leaders to share their perspectives on the challenges, achievements, and opportunities in the wind energy sector.
"The wind industry is not just about technology; it's it is about collaboration and shared responsibility," said Eric Antoons and François Van Leeuw, co-CEO’s of Parkwind. "This project represents a collaborative effort to drive positive change and transition towards cleaner, more sustainable energy sources."
The 200 attendees were transported to the German waters where the turbines are located, by means of a virtual reality movie, to experience the challenging soil and weather conditions.
The event concluded with a ceremonial push-the-button moment and a walking dinner, fostering networking opportunities and strengthening the bonds between professionals committed to steering the world towards a greener future.
About Arcadis Ost 1
Arcadis Ost 1 is a 257 MW offshore wind farm developed in the German territorial waters of the Baltic Sea, northeast of the island of Rügen. Arcadis Ost 1 has been developed by Parkwind with the participation of PMV and OstseeWindEnergie GmbH, a project company consisting of three partners, Oberhessische Versorgungsbetriebe AG, Stadtwerke Bad Vilbel and WV Energie AG. The wind farm will begin operations in 2023 and supply enough green energy to power the equivalent of 290,000 households.
Parkwind is an integrated offshore wind business that develops, finances and operates offshore wind farms. Since July 2023, Parkwind has been operating as part of JERA Co., Inc. one of the largest power generational companies in the world. Together, Parkwind and JERA have more than a decade of experience and over 1,500 MW of offshore wind assets under operational management and construction in Belgium and Germany, the UK, Taiwan and Japan, in addition to an extensive pipeline of offshore wind projects in development around the world including in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, the UK, Norway, Greece, and Australia/New Zealand.
Committed to making green energy available and affordable for everyone through its unique approach of covering the entire value chain of offshore wind, Parkwind has established itself as a reliable and competitive partner to communities, governments and suppliers globally.
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