Foundation installation starts at Arkona wind park
Source: E.on SE (www.eon.com)
Construction has started on the 385-MW Arkona offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea with the laying of the first foundations in the seabed, German utility E.on SE (ETR:EOAN) said today.
The project, a joint venture between E.on and Norwegian energy group Statoil (STO:STLO), will see the installation of 60 monopiles that will support 6-MW Siemens turbines. It is located 35 km (22 miles) northeast of the island of Ruegen and is expected to be completed in 2019.
The manufacturer of the steel foundations is EEW Special Pipe Constructions, which started production in September last year. The monopiles, which are up to 81 metres (266 ft) long, are floated to the site, where heavy-load crane vessel Svanen will hammer them 40 m deep into the seabed. The wind park is being built at water depths of 23 m to 37 m.