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Spanish firm to launch largest German offshore wind farm

Iberdrola will take over the construction of the wind farm, with two other firms hired to conduct a full geological survey of the area where the farm will be located

Spanish firm to launch largest German offshore wind farm
The wind farm, called Wikinger, will be located in the Baltic Sea, 30 km off Rügen Island, and is scheduled to become operational in 2016. With 80 5-MW wind turbines, it will supply energy to 350,000 German households each year

A Spanish multinational electric utility company will launch Germany’s largest deepwater offshore wind farm to date, it emerged on Tuesday.

Through its UK subsidiary ScottishPower Renewables, Bilbao-based Iberdrola will take over the construction of the 400 MW capacity structure, the firm said in a statement. It will invest almost USD 2bn in the project.

The wind farm, called Wikinger, will be located in the Baltic Sea, 30 km off Rügen Island, and is scheduled to become operational in 2016. With 80 5-MW wind turbines, it will supply energy to 350,000 German households each year, Iberdrola said.

The Spanish company has hashed deals worth approximately USD 22m with two firms to conduct a comprehensive geological study of the 34 square km area and assess the project’s infrastructural requirements.

UK marine contractor Gardline Marine Services and Danish provider of offshore and onshore geotechnical services, GEO will conduct sub-surface drilling and take stratigraphic samples of sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.

“The start of sub-surface drilling is a crucial stage of the project, paving the way for construction of one of the largest deep-water offshore wind farms in the world,” Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables and Iberdrola’s Global Offshore Division said.