Construction of the Arkona offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea is ahead of schedule according to project partners E.ON and Statoil.
The 60 "Transition Pieces" or monopiles, each weighing 400 tons, were taken from the port of Mukran, on the German island of Rügen, into the construction site and placed on the foundations to prepare for installation of the 60 six-MW class turbines from Siemens.
At the French shipyard STX France, the transformer station, which will be operated jointly by the project partners and the transmission grid operator 50Hertz, is being prepared for transport in spring. Once this platform has been installed, the turbines will be connected to the substation. The submarine cables required for this have already been delivered from the Nexans plant in Hanover to the base port of Mukran Port in Sassnitz. At the same time, production of the six-MW turbines has begun at the Siemens plants.
The Arkona project is located 35 kilometres northeast of Rügen. The wind farm will have a capacity of 385 MW and is projected to be able to supply up to 400,000 households with renewable energy from 2019 onwards.