Eon underway at Arkona
Construction of 385MW project kicks off with ceremony in Sassnitz
Eon has held a ceremony in Sassnitz on Rügen island to celebrate the formal start of offshore construction at its 385MW Arkona wind farm.
The project site is located 35km north-east of Rügen island in the German Baltic Sea, where water depths range from 23 to 37 metres.
Van Oord vessel Svanen is installing the project’s 60 monopile foundations, which were built by EEW in Rostock.
Van Oord has subcontracted installation of Bladt-built transition pieces to Jumbo Offshore, which will use its vessel Fairplayer to tackle the job.
A2Sea will install 60 Siemens Gamesa turbines, boosted to 6.4MW each, while Eon has lined up French fabricator STX to supply and install an AC offshore substation for Arkona.
VBMS has been awarded a contract for the installation of 65 array cables for the wind farm.
Norwegian company Statoil has a 50% stake in the €1.2bn project.
“The Arkona offshore wind project is a key investment in the expansion of wind power off the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is a further step in ensuring the provision of renewable energies,” said Christian Pegel, Minister for Energy, Infrastructure and Digitisation in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
“Furthermore, the construction of a fourth wind farm off the coast of our state will create new secure jobs in the region,” he added.
Image: Eon/Markus Nitschke