Energy utility firm Iberdrola has awarded a €620m contract to Areva for the supply of wind turbines to its Wikinger offshore project, which is being built in the German Baltic Sea.
Under the deal, Areva will deliver 70 of M5000-135 5MW turbines for the wind project. The turbines are valued at €550m.
Maintenance services worth around €70m for the facility will also be offered by the firm. These will cover a five-year duration, which can be extended for another five years.
The turbine delivery by Areva will be carried out within the framework of a joint venture that has been recently agreed with Spanish power equipment manufacturer Gamesa.
Manufacturing of the turbines will be take place at Areva’s production sites, which are located at Bremerhaven and Stade, in the northern parts of Germany.
Installation of the turbines is likely to be concluded by 2017 on jacket foundations from the port of Sassnitz.
The Wikinger project has an estimated value of €1.4bn and is Iberdrola’s first offshore wind project in the country.
Once operational, the facility will generate enough electricity to power 350,000 German households.
The project will be spread over an area of 34km2 at a water depth ranging between 37m and 43m.
Image: Areva offshore wind farm. Photo: courtesy of Iberdrola.