TÜV SÜD has carried out the project certification of two offshore projects at the behest of the Bard Group. Now that the Bernstein and Citrin wind farms located in the North Sea within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) have been certified, they can now be presented for approval by Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency.p>
"Certification of the two projects will initially be confined to the first approval," explains Alexander Heitmann, Head of the Offshore Wind Energy Department at TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH in Hamburg.
Within the scope of the first approval, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) will decide on approval of new offshore wind projects in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The EEZ comprises an area off the German coast at a distance of 12 to 200 sea miles from land.
The BARD Group's offshore projects, Bernstein ('Amber') and Citrin ('Citrine') are located in the western North Sea around 110 kilometres off the German coastline. Each project will deliver a total of 520 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity for 80 wind turbines each with a capacity of 6.5 MW.
Certification for the first approval will focus on an analysis of the basic design principles known as the 'design basis'. "This examination focuses on the entire basic technical and standard-based principles of the future project and analysis of the subsoil, foundation report and foundation structure", explains Ulrich Knopf, Project Head of TÜV SÜD Industrie Service. The experts from TÜV SÜD carried out tests and examinations based on the BSH’s Design of Offshore Wind Turbines standard.