Port of Sassnitz to host Baltic Eagle base

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 31/08/2021 Iberdrola

Iberdrola and the Port of Sassnitz (Fährhafen Sassnitz GmbH) have signed a lease agreement for a new operation and maintenance building, which will support the
Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm.

Iberdrola's 476 MW
Baltic Eagle project is being developed off the island of Rügen, in the German waters of the Baltic Sea. The project, which will span a 40 km2 area, is expected to be completed in 2024 and will consist of 50 Vestas V174-9.5MW wind turbines. Baltic Eagle will connect to the Lubmin substation through two high voltage cables. It is the company's second array to be built in the Baltic Sea. The first was Wikinger.

The agreement was signed at a ceremony chaired by the Prime Minister of the state of MecklenburgWestern Pomerania, Manuela Schwesig, thus delivering another important milestone in the offshore wind farm construction schedule.

During the event, Iris Stempfle, Managing Director of Iberdrola Renovables Deutschland GmbH, announced that, on 1st September, the company will submit a bid for the construction of
Windanker, a new offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. The plan is to expand the Baltic Hub (currently, the 350-MW Wikinger in operation since 2017 and 476-MW Baltic Eagle under construction) to more than 1 GW by 2026.

"As a global leader in the generation of wind energy, we are also taking responsibility for shaping the German energy transition in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. With today's step and our participation in the auction for the construction of the Windanker offshore wind farm, we are committed to regional value creation and to our expansion target of 1.1 GW by 2026,"
said Iris Stempfle.

Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig said: “We in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern want the energy transition in Germany to succeed. To achieve this, we need more wind farms at sea that produce large amounts of electricity. Iberdrola is already present off our coast with the Wikinger wind farm. In the next few years, a second large project will be added with Baltic Eagle. I am very pleased that planning, operation and maintenance will again be carried out via the port of Mukran. This creates jobs on the island of Rügen and is an important contribution to the energy transition in Germany."

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