August 30, 2011 — Iberdrola submitted an environmental statement to the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency as it seeks to achieve planning consent for the 400 MW Wikinger offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea, off the coast of Germany.
An updated environmental statement has been submitted for fixed foundations rather than a floating turbine design, which had previously passed the first stage of planning approval in 2007 prior to Iberdrola's involvement in the project.
The submission includes details about the proposed design of the wind farm, accompanied by an extensive environmental impact assessment, which has been compiled following a range of in-depth studies over the last 12 months.
The project is located about 22 miles from the northeastern coast of Germany, beside the border with Denmark (Bornholm island). The German government recently stated that it has ambitions to generate up to 25 GW of electricity from offshore wind farms over the next 20 years.
The second stage of the planning consent process will see a final design for the site submitted, likely to be in early 2013. Stage three will involve the submission of detailed construction plans and all the relevant safety documentation — likely to be early 2014. If approved, construction of the wind farm could commence in early 2015, with first export of electricity in summer 2016, and full completion later that year.
Iberdrola purchased a consented Wikinger (formerly Offshore Wind Park Ventotec Ost II) project in 2010. Initial approval for this project using floating turbine bases was granted in 2007. Floating turbine technology is still in its infancy and therefore an application has been submitted for a more traditional method of turbine foundations.