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E.ON generates first power at 288MW offshore wind farm in Germany

CTBR Staff Writer Published 30 April 2015

E.ON has exported first power from its 288MW Amrumbank West offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

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The company started work on the EUR1bn project in January 2014 and is now feeding the energy generated by the first 3.6MW turbine into an offshore transformer and converter platform.

In total, the plant will feature 80 Siemens turbines. The electricity is exported through a 85km subsea cable, which comes ashore near Büsum, about 100m northwest of Hamburg.

The Amrumbank West wind farm is expected to start commercial operations in the autumn of 2015.

The operation and maintenance (O&M) service centre on Helgoland island has already been completed.

E.ON is continuing work on the 219MW Humber Gateway wind farm off the UK coast, which exported first power in February this year. The facility is anticipated to be completed in summer.

With a combined capacity of over 500MW, the Amrumbank West and Humber Gateway wind farms will generate enough energy for about 470,000 homes and reduce 1.3 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

E.ON renewable unit CEO Eckhardt Rummler said: "The simultaneous development of large-scale projects in the waters of different countries demonstrates our ability to meet substantial challenges and solidifies our position as a leading offshore wind company."

E.ON has invested over €9.5bn in renewables since 2007. As of fall 2013, the company built seven offshore wind farms across European waters, with four projects in the UK, Rödsand II in Denmark, and Kårehamn in Sweden.

Image: Amrumbank West offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. Photo: courtesy of E.ON SE.