Construction is starting on the offshore wind farm Wikinger

Official construction start of the offshore wind farm Wikinger with Christian Pegel, Minister of Energy, Infrastructure and Regional Development for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Tanis Rey-Baltar, Iberdrola's project coordinator for Wikinger. (Photo: Iberdrola)
Official construction start of the offshore wind farm Wikinger with Christian Pegel, Minister of Energy, Infrastructure and Regional Development for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Tanis Rey-Baltar, Iberdrola's project coordinator for Wikinger. (Photo: Iberdrola)

On 17 March 2016, Iberdrola officially kicked off the construction of its offshore wind farm Wikinger with an event at the Sassnitz ferry port. The total investment volume for the project is € 1.4 billion.

The event marked the official start of construction and was attended by Energy Minister Christian Pegel, representatives from local politics and business as well as the main contractor. The installation vessel Giant 7, which is currently being prepared in Rostock, will be begin installation work in the next few days. A ship with the first 32 foundation components on board is already on its way to the prepared construction site. The foundation structures for the first turbines will be set up during the coming weeks, and installation work on the turbines themselves will begin in 2017. Adwen's factories in Bremerhaven and Stade have already begun manufacturing them. The 70 5-MW turbines are the most powerful that Iberdrola has used for a project up till now.

The construction of the transformer platform is almost complete. It will be delivered to the construction site in the Baltic Sea and installed this summer. By the end of next year, construction work on all turbines will be complete and full commissioning will be carried out.

Tanis Rey-Baltar, Iberdrola's project coordinator for Wikinger, said: "The start of construction is an important milestone and the result of years of planning and studies. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the local and regional companies who have supported us in the steps we have taken thus far and will continue to actively support us throughout the rest of the construction work on Wikinger."

The offshore wind farm Wikinger will ensure 100 jobs for 25 years

Christian Pegel, Minister of Energy, Infrastructure and Regional Development in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern said: "Two things are apparent today: The energy turnaround is in full swing and our state is capable of tremendous value creation. Here at the Sassnitz ferry port, Iberdrola has signed an agreement on land use for 25 years. This is reliable revenue for two and a half decades. We will also be receiving port charges for support vessels during this period. In addition, approximately 100 jobs will be created and are ensured for the next 25 years in the service sector. Today is a good day for the energy turnaround and for the business region Mecklenburg-Vorpommern."

Iberdrola intends to preserve a significant portion of the value creation of Wikinger by collaborating with German contractors and subcontractors in the region. The project's hub is the Sassnitz ferry port on Rügen. Installation will be carried out from there via the offshore terminal. Later on, operation and maintenance will also be coordinated there. The building with adjoining warehouse is being built by the Rostock subsidiary of the company Goldbeck.

Volker Buddensiek / Iberdrola

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