The customer for the project is an alliance between E.ON and Statoil. The Arkona offshore wind farm is set to be in service by 2019 and its total capacity will be sufficient to supply up to 400,000 German households with ecofriendly electricity, according to Siemens. E.ON will have responsibility for building and operating the wind farm while Siemens and E.ON will be jointly responsible for service to the wind turbines for an initial two year period.
“This is the first order for our large direct-drive offshore wind turbines for a project in the Baltic Sea,” stated Michael Hannibal, Offshore CEO of the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. “This is also the second offshore wind farm that we will be erecting for E.ON in German waters. We are pleased that E.ON and Statoil have once again chosen one of our offshore wind turbines for a new offshore wind power plant so we can continue our very good partnership with these two companies.”
Siemens has already supplied 80 wind turbines for the E.ON project Amrumbank West in the German North Sea. In December 2015, Siemens announced that it would deliver five wind turbines of the six MW class to Statoil´s Hywind Scotland project.
The Arkona offshore wind power plant is to be constructed approximately 35 kilometers north-east of the island of Rügen. Over an area of approximately 40 square kilometers, 60 wind turbines will be built on monopile foundations in ocean depths of between 23 to 37 meters. Installation of the offshore wind turbines will begin in the summer of 2018.
A team consisting of service technicians from Siemens and E.ON will be responsible for servicing and maintenance of the wind farm for an initial period of two years. This service agreement also includes round-the-clock remote monitoring of the wind turbines from the Siemens Remote Diagnostics Center in Brande, Denmark.