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Reference case: Inspection and Production for the Offshore Wind Farm - German Exclusive Economic Zone, North Sea

Inspection and Production for the Offshore Wind Farm

RWE Innogy required an experienced partner that could provide trusted inspection and supervision of the production of 48 wind turbines for Nordsee Ost, the first commercial wind farm located offshore in the German Exclusive Economic Zone. That’s why they turned to TÜV Rheinland.

Basic Facts
Client: RWE Innogy GmbH
Involved companies:- RE power – Turbines
- Siemens – Transformation platform
- ABB – Subsea cables
- Kvaerner, Norway – Jacket foundation
- Transpower – Grid connection
Timeframe:March 2011 and ongoing
Project Location: German Exclusive Economic Zone, North Sea
Main services:Inspection and supervision of wind turbine production
Involved regulations/standards:DIN EN ISO 61400

Initial situation and requirements

RWE Innogy plans, builds and operates facilities generating power from renewable energies , including onshore and offshore wind power projects. The company was commissioned to build Nordsee Ost – a major wind farm covering an area of 35 square kilometres. The company required an experienced partner that could provide trusted inspection and supervision of the production of 48 wind turbines.

Did you know?

Nordsea Ost is the first offshore wind farm that has been built exclusively for commercial use.

About TÜV Rheinland

Founded 140 years ago, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, ensuring quality and safety for people, the environment, and technology in nearly all aspects of life.

We inspect technical equipment, products and services, oversee projects and help to shape processes for companies around the world. Since 2006 we have been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.

For the wind energy sector we provide a comprehensive service portfolio, covering every aspect of wind energy projects – from site selection, design and manufacturing support to dismantling plants .

Solutions, results

As a leading provider of third-party inspections and supervision for the energy industry, with extensive experience of the wind energy sector, TÜV Rheinland was the preferred choice for RWE Innogy.

We provided extensive support to safeguard the quality of all 48 wind turbines used at Nordsee Ost. We supervised the production of the main components of each wind turbine.

Then, we monitored the pre-assembly of the components and the assembly of the turbines by the manufacturers and their subcontractors to ensure all specifications and quality standards were met. We also reviewed and coordinated the production documents, such as the test instructions. Finally, we mobilized staff to provide fast and effective testing to ensure the project remained on schedule.

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Benefits for the client

TÜV Rheinland provided RWE Innogy with:

  • Extensive experience of wind energy projects and quality issues.
  • Independent inspections with trusted neutral results.
  • Well-qualified, experienced personnel on-site.
  • One dedicated project manager to ensure that all services were coordinated smoothly, coordinating the work of numerous experts from TÜV Rheinland.
  • A powerful local presence across Europe, enabling us to complete all inspections and other services quickly, minimizing mobilization time with fast turnarounds.