Work begins on 385MW wind farm in Germany

Construction work on a 385MW offshore wind project in Germany has begun. The Arkona wind project in the Baltic Sea, which will feature 60 Siemens 6MW turbines, is expected to […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Construction work on a 385MW offshore wind project in Germany has begun.

The Arkona wind project in the Baltic Sea, which will feature 60 Siemens 6MW turbines, is expected to supply up to 400,000 households with renewable energy from 2019 onwards.

The joint venture between E.ON and the Norwegian energy company Statoil will save up to 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year compared to traditional forms of generation.

E.ON reports the first foundations for turbines, the substation and other infrastructure have been successfully laid in the seabed.

The monopile structures that form the base of each turbine are nearly eight metres wide and weigh up to 1,200 tons – about 53,000 tons of steel have been processed to provide materials for the project.

The project is expected to employ up to 600 people during its busiest period.