Construction has started today on the 385 MW Arkona offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea.
The cornerstone for the joint project being carried out by E.ON and Statoil was laid today in Sassnitz on the island of Rügen.
The €1.2bn ($1.3bn) Arkona project is located 35 kilometers northeast of Rügen and will be powered by 60 of Siemens’ 6 MW turbines, which will rest on monopile foundations in up to 37 meters of water.
The wind farm is scheduled to be fully operational in 2019, when it make E.ON the first company to operate its own offshore wind farms in both the German North Sea and the Baltic.
Ingo Luge, chief executive of E.ON Germany, said today: "As the mainstay of future energy supply, renewables must be able to stand on their own economically going forward. Electricity generation from offshore wind farms has already experienced a considerable learning curve and will soon be able to do just that. Through its high levels of investment, E.ON has made an important contribution toward this end."