Future-oriented technology in the Danish North Sea: Bilfinger Berger installs foundations for the world's largest offshore wind park

July 17, 2007

July 17, 2007

Future-oriented technology in the Danish North Sea:
Bilfinger Berger installs foundations for the world's largest offshore wind park

Bilfinger Berger is building the foundations for the largest offshore wind park in the world – Horns Rev 2 off the west coast of Denmark. The wind park should cover the energy needs of 200,000 households. The foundations for 91 wind turbines will be built, together with a local partner, in open waters, about 30 kilometers from Esbjerg. The client is Dong Energy, a Danish utility.

The project includes delivery and installation of 40-meter long monopiles. The steel tubes have a diameter of nearly four meters and weigh 200 tons. They will be driven up to 20 meters deep into the sea bed. To connect this construction to the wind turbine towers, 140-ton steel intermediate elements will be mounted on the piles. The entire construction process will be carried out from March to September 2008 with the help of jack-up platforms.

With this order, Bilfinger Berger secures its position in the promising offshore business. In addition to its broad competence in foundation engineering, Bilfinger Berger is also a market leader in the repair and maintenance of North Sea oil platforms. In the first six months of 2007, the Group received new offshore orders in the amount of €250 million.