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E.ON starts construction on 385MW Arkona offshore wind farm

CTBR Staff Writer Published 25 August 2017

E.ON has announced the start of construction work at the 385MW Arkona offshore wind farm off the coast of German Baltic Sea.

The Arkona offshore wind farm is a joint venture between E.ON and the Norwegian energy company Statoil. The wind farm is estimated to be build with a cost of €1.2bn.

It will be located about 35km from the coast near the island of Rügen. It will include 60 of Siemens’ SWT6.0-154 turbines.

Each of these turbines will generate 6MW of energy and will have a rotor diameter of 154m.  The turbines will be installed on grounded monopile structures.

As per E.ON, the first foundations at the site have already been laid in the seabed, marking the start of the construction of the wind farm.  The next stage of the construction involves installation of 60 monopiles, on which the transition pieces, towers and turbines will be mounted later. 

The company said that there are about 400 people working on the project during the beginning of the construction phase. The project is expected to provide jobs for 600 people during its busiest period.

The offshore wind farm, which is expected to become operational in 2019, will produce enough energy to be supplied to 400,000 German households. The wind farm will also help in offsetting 1.2 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

E.ON says that majority of the power generated from the project will be delivered to the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Last year, E.ON awarded VBMS a contract to install 65 inter array cables for the Arkona wind farm. The contract's scope includes route engineering, surveying, a pre-lay grapnel run, trenching, termination and testing of the 65 cables.

Image: E.ON and Statoil owned Arkona wind farm takes shape in Baltic Sea. Photo: Courtesy of E.ON SE.