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Areva to deliver turbines for Iberdrola’s Wikinger offshore project in Germany

CTBR Staff Writer Published 23 December 2014

Areva has secured a contract worth about €620m to deliver wind turbines for Iberdrola’s 350MW Wikinger offshore project, which is being developed in the German Baltic Sea.

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Under the contract, Areva will deliver 70 M5000-135 5MW wind turbines and provide maintenance services for about 10 years.

Areva will manufacture the turbines at its production sites of Bremerhaven and Stade, in the north of Germany.

The company plans to install the turbines as early as 2017 on jacket foundations from the port of Sassnitz.

Areva will deliver the contract within the framework of a joint venture recently agreed with Spanish wind turbines manufacturer Gamesa.

The €1.4bn Wikinger project will be Iberdrola's first offshore wind farm in Germany and follows the commissioning of the 389MW West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm in the Irish sea.

The Wikinger site covers an area of about 34 km2 with water depth ranging between 37m and 43m.

Upon completion, the project will generate enough energy for about 350,000 households in Germany.

Earlier in 2014, Iberdrola launched the pile testing campaign for the Wikinger offshore wind farm project after the completion of the site's geotechnical investigation.

Iberdrola's offshore wind project pipeline in Germany stands at more than 2,000MW, of which 1,000MW could be deployed in the German Baltic Sea by 2019.

Image: Areva offshore wind farm. Photo: Courtesy of Iberdrola.