Iberdrola has installed the first turbine at the 350MW Wikinger offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea.
The wind farm will consist of 70 turbines, each with a capacity of 5MW. The project will have AD-5000-135 turbines, which will be supplied by Adwen.
The wind turbines are claimed to be of high power rating and the largest dimensions that Iberdrola has ever installed.
The components of the turbines include a 222-ton nacelle, a rotor with a 135 metre (m) diameter and blades with a 77.5 metre length, as well as a 75-metre high tower.
The total estimated cost of the construction of the wind farm is about €1.4bn.
After completion, the wind farm will power at least 350,000 German households, representing about 20% of energy demand of the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, the region where the wind farm is located. It will avoid about 500,000 tonnes of CO2 and more than 11,000 tonnes of SO2 emissions.
The project has also created about 2000 local jobs in the form of construction work at the port of Mukran and at the factories where all of the wind turbine components being manufactured, both in Germany and Spain.
As per Iberdrola’s claims, it has met the deadlines of the project during the first construction phase despite the harsh polar cold wave that struck the Baltic region in January.
Wikinger is the second offshore wind farm to be constructed by Iberdrola, after commissioning the West of Duddon Sands wind farm in the Irish Sea in 2014.
Image: Iberdrola installs first wind turbine at the Wikinger offshore wind farm in German Baltic Sea. Photo: Courtesy of Iberdrola, S.A.