Geowynd nets contract for Borkum Riffgrund 3 OWF

The UK-based company Geowynd has signed a contract with Ørsted for the provision of consulting and engineering services for the Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farm in Germany.

Geowynd will provide numerical analysis and advanced soil parameterisation for monopile foundation design at the Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farm, located in the German sector of the North Sea.

“Geowynd are delighted to be working with Ørsted on this large 900 MW project. We’re excited to deploy our software CASCADE or Computational Approach for Soil Cyclic Accumulation with Drainage Effects”, said Mike Rattley, Director, Geowynd.

The CASCADE software is one of Geowynd’s proprietary tools for the advanced analysis of fixed-bottom support structures. According to the company, several more tools are set to be added to its inventory this year.

Ørsted is expected to reach a final investment decision on the 900 MW offshore wind farm by the end of 2021 and to put the project into operation in 2025.

Borkum Riffgrund 3 comprises three offshore wind projects originally awarded to Ørsted in auctions in 2017 and 2018, which were then bundled and renamed in September 2019. The project is adjacent to Ørsted’s existing offshore wind farms Borkum Riffgrund 1 and Borkum Riffgrund 2.

For the 900 MW offshore wind farm, Ørsted has already signed long-term corporate power purchase agreements (CPPAs) with Amazon and Covestro. Amazon will offtake the output of 250 MW and Covestro 100 MW from Borkum Riffgrund 3, each under a ten-year agreement.