Iberdola has announced it is starting the engineering phase of work on the €1.6bn (£1.3bn) Wikinger offshore windfarm in Germany.
According to Iberdola, the new 80 turbine development will be the largest deep water offshore projects in the world, covering an area of 34km2 in water depths of up to 40m. The company plans to develop the 400MW windfarm, located 30km off the coast of the German Island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea, by 2016.
“The Wikinger project will generate a large engineering footprint and supply chain that will create hundreds of highly-skilled new jobs, both here in the UK and in Germany,” said ScottishPower Renewables and Iberdrola’s Global Offshore Division chief executive Keith Anderson. “We will have spent €50 million by the end of this year as we prepare for vital site investigations and detailed design work for this project.”
Iberdola initially considered using floating foundations for the project but after a study of the ground conditions and taking into account the present stage of technological development, the company decided to use larger scale wind turbines with jacket foundations. The company has said these are better suited for the conditions in the Baltic Sea.