WIKINGER OFFSHORE WIND FARM
Wikinger: a symbol of Iberdrola's commitment to innovation, sustainability and internationalisation
The construction of this offshore wind farm sited in the Baltic Sea calls for an investment of €1,400 million. The power generated by the wind farm will suffice to cover the electricity needs of over 350,000 German homes, avoiding the annual emission of nearly 600,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Wikinger offshore wind farm: main project data.
The Wikinger offshore wind farm is an Iberdrola flagship project. This project has materialised in a fusion of the company's resolute dedication to renewable energies with technological innovation, internationalisation and a contribution to the economic development with job creation in regions where the group is present. Moreover, through our international expansion, Iberdrola opens the door for its suppliers and service providers to new markets and businesses.
The construction of this offshore wind farm sited in the Baltic Sea, where the water is between 37 and 43 metres deep, calls for an investment of €1,400 million. The location covers a surface area of about 34 square kilometres (km2), where the company plans to install 70 wind turbines, each with a unit capacity of 5 megawatts (MW).
Construction of the Wikinger offshore wind farm is well under way. Iberdrola has successfully installed the wind turbines on the open sea (a total of 70), after laying the foundations, cables and installing the substation of this large-scale offshore complex, in which Navantia's supplies have played a decisive role. It was an extremely complex operation and one of the most spectacular in a project with these characteristics.
The Wikinger wind farm is expected to be commercially operational by the end of the year, meeting the demanding deadlines to which the company committed despite the extreme climate conditions in the area.
Comparison of the dimensions of a wind turbine with other landmark buildings.
The Andalucía offshore substation, now installed at its final location, will be the power core of the renewable energy facility. This electricity distribution infrastructure, which weighs about 8,500 tonnes, will handle all electricity generated by the wind turbines operating in the open sea.
By the time it is connected to the grid in late 2017, Wikinger's 350 megawatt (MW) capacity will generate enough energy to meet the electricity needs of over 350,000 German households and avoid the emission of some 600,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
Other projects under construction
Iberdrola, through its subsidiary ScottishPower Renewables, is working on other offshore wind power projects, some of the most important are:
- The East Anglia mega-project, which will be organised in four different areas: ONE (714 MW), ONE NORTH (800 MW), TWO (800 MW) and THREE (1,200 MW).
- The Saint Brieuc offshore wind farm (496 MW), located in the waters of Saint Brieuc Bay, will supply clean energy to 850,000 households after it is commissioned.
- Iberdrola successfully installs all 70 wind turbines at Wikinger offshore wind farm (Germany)
- Iberdrola installs the first wind turbine in the Wikinger offshore wind farm (Germany)
- Iberdrola's Andalusia substation now installed at german Wikinger offshore wind farm
- Navantia, Iberdrola and 50Hertz host the delivery ceremony for the substation "Andalucía" at Puerto Real
- Navantia and Iberdrola hold event to mark delivery of first jackets for Wikinger offshore windfarm