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.