E.ON has started construction of its operations and maintenance building for its 288MW Amrumbank West offshore wind farm in Germany.
The 1,800m² building on the German North Sea island of Helgoland, which is expected to open in August 2014, will feature offices and storage facilities.
The development also includes the conversion of the island's southern harbour with new jetties, piers and breakwater structures.
The €1bn Amrumbank West offshore wind farm is situated approximately 35km north of the island of Helgoland.
The wind farm will feature 80 Siemens wind turbines, which have a rated output of 3.6MW each.
After completion, the wind farm will generate enough energy for around 300,000 homes in the region and save more than 740,000t of CO2 per year.
Construction of the wind farm, which is currently underway, is expected to be completed in spring 2015.
Amrumbank West wind farm project manager Dominik Schwegmann said Helgoland is an ideal maintenance base for the company's offshore wind farm.
"We are planning to be on Helgoland for the long term. The lease for the land has an initial term of 28 years. We are pleased that the island will benefit so much from this infrastructure upgrade," Schwegmann said.
E.ON's regional utility in Helgoland, E.ON Hanse, installed a 50km 30kV subsea cable to the island in 2010.
Image: Amrumbank West offshore wind farm will generate enough energy for around 300,000 homes. Photo: courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.