Iberdrola begins German offshore wind farm engineering

13 June 2012 (Last Updated June 13th, 2012 18:30)

Spanish electric utility company, Iberdrola, has begun the detailed engineering phase on its €1.6bn Wikinger offshore wind farm, to be built in Germany.

Spanish electric utility company, Iberdrola, has begun the detailed engineering phase on its €1.6bn Wikinger offshore wind farm, to be built in Germany.

The farm will be situated 30km off the coast of the German Island of Rügen and will cover an area of 34km2 in the Baltic Sea.

The wind farm will contain 80 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 400MW. Each turbine will measure 150m in height.

ScottishPower Renewables and Iberdrola's Global Offshore Division CEO, Keith Anderson, said: "The Wikinger project will generate a large engineering footprint and supply chain that will create hundreds of highly-skilled new jobs, both here in the UK and in Germany."

The company will invest €50m for vital site investigations and detailed design work in 2012 and intends to secure all regulatory permits for the project by early 2014.

Construction is scheduled for 2015 with operations scheduled to begin by 2016. On completion, the project will become one of the world's largest deep-water offshore projects.

Iberdrola is planning to install 11,000MW of offshore wind capacity across Europe, including the UK and France.