Eon is holding a supplier event today in the German city of Rostock for its 385MW Arkona project where more than 170 representatives from local companies will network with the developer and the project’s main contractors.

The German company expects that up to 400 workers from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will be involved in offshore construction, which is set to start in 2017.

The operation phase will see up to 50 high-skilled jobs created in Sassnitz over a period of 25 years in operations management, administration and maintenance, as well as an additional 100 indirect jobs in external services.

Eon head of renewable energy projects Sven Utermohlen said: “It’s part of Eon’s philosophy to involve local residents in major projects while also strengthening the regional economy.”

The Arkona project is located 35km northeast of the island of Rugen in the German Baltic Sea.

A2Sea will install 60 Siemens turbines, boosted to some 6.4MW each, while Van Oord will tackle monopile foundations at water depths of 23 to 37 metres.

Eon has lined up French fabricator STX to supply and install an AC offshore substation, with VBMS contracted to install 65 inter array cables for the wind farm.

Norwegian company Statoil has a 50% stake in the €1.2bn project.

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