Arkona stands tall

E.ONAfter ten months of construction, the first of 60 wind turbines has been installed at the  Arkona offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea. The joint E.ON and Equinor project remains ahead of schedule.

The turbines consist of a 100m long tower, three rotor blades and the turbine house. With a total weight of just under 1,000 tonnes. The tip of the rotor blades reaches a height of 180m above sea level and towers over the Cologne Cathedral by 30m.

All turbine components are stored and prepared at the
Arkona base port of Mukran in Sassnitz, where they are loaded onto the installation ship Sea Challenger and finally installed on the previously set foundations consisting of mono picks and transition pieces.

Immediately after the installation of the components, the project team prepares the turbines for power generation. Parallel to this, the commissioning of the substation and the completion of the connection to the mainland are underway.

"The entire team has done a great job in recent months to start the turbine installation earlier than planned. We are confident that we will be able to produce clean and sustainable electricity with the first turbines in the near future,"
says Holger Matthiesen, Project Director
Arkona. The complete commissioning of the entire wind farm is scheduled for the beginning of 2019 at the latest.

The
Arkona project is located 35km northeast of the island of Rügen. The wind farm will have an output of 385MW and, from 2019 onwards, can supply about 400,000 households with renewable energy. The investment volume is 1.2 billion euros. Arkona saves up to 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 annually compared to conventionally generated electricity.

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