Siemens contracted to build offshore wind power plant
Siemens has confirmed that it has been contracted by the E.ON and Statoil alliance to build an offshore power plant in the Baltic Sea, off Germany.
The project involves supply, installation, and commissioning of the wind farm. Each of the sixty direct-drive offshore wind turbines is expected to produce at least 6MW.
According to Siemens, the Arkoma offshore wind farm will be operational by 2019, and have enough capacity to provide clean, renewable energy for at least 400,000 households in Germany.
Building and operating the farm will be the responsibility of E.ON, with Siemens and E.ON servicing and maintaining the turbines for the first two years. Siemens Remote Diagnostics Centre, based at Brande in Denmark, will monitor the turbines.
“This is the first order for our large direct-drive offshore wind turbines for a project in the Baltic Sea,” said Michael Hannibal, CEO of the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables division.
“This is also the second offshore wind farm that we will be erecting for E.ON in German waters. We are pleased that E.ON and Statoil have once again chosen one of our offshore wind turbines for a new offshore wind power plant so we can continue our very good partnership with these two companies,” added Mr Hannibal.
AmrumBank West, another E.ON North Sea wind farm, is a beneficiary of 80 Siemens wind turbines. In 2015, Siemens announced an order to supply five 6MW wind turbines for E.ON’s Hywind project in Scotland.
The Arkoma wind farm will be approximately 35km north-east of Rugen island, covering an area of approximately 40 square kilometres. The monopile foundations, on which the turbines are anchored, will be constructed in ocean depths of 23 to 37 metres.
Installation of the wind turbines is scheduled to begin in summer, 2018