Siemens has secured a contract to supply wind turbines for the 385MW Arkona offshore wind farm, in Germany.


The project, which is expected to cost €1.2bn, is being developed jointly by E.ON and Statoil.

The wind farm will be situated in the Baltic Sea, 35km northeast of the RĂ¼gen island in Germany, southwest of the Danish island of Bornholm.

Under the deal, Siemens will deliver, install and commission 60 of its 6MW direct-drive offshore wind turbines.

The project, which is expected to start its operations by 2019, will deliver enough energy to nearly 400,000 homes in Germany.

Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division Offshore CEO Michael Hannibal said: "This is the first order for our large direct-drive offshore wind turbines for a project in the Baltic Sea."

Wind turbines installation works are due to start in the summer of 2018. A team featuring service technicians from E.ON and Siemens will oversee service and maintainance of the wind farm for the first two years.

Statoil will have a 50% stake in the wind farm and has been involved in the project from the start.

Separately, E.ON has awarded VBMS a contract to install 65 inter array cables for the Arkona wind farm.

The contract’s scope includes route engineering, surveying, a pre-lay grapnel run, trenching, termination and testing of the 65 cables.

Image: Siemens to supply SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines at the Arkona wind farm. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.