Arkona Offshore Wind Farm, Baltic Sea, Germany

Arkona offshore wind farm, also known as Arkona Becken Südost, is a 385MW offshore wind farm being developed by E.ON in partnership with Statoil. It will be located 35km northeast of Rügen Island, in the Baltic Sea, Germany.

Statoil purchased a 50% stake in the project from E.ON and the two partners announced their final investment decision on the wind farm in April 2016.

Upon planned completion in 2019, the project will supply renewable power for approximately 400,000 homes and offset 1.2 million tonne (Mt) of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

It is expected to create up to 400 construction jobs and 50 direct, permanent jobs upon completion, in addition to 100 indirect jobs.

Arkona offshore wind farm make-up

The wind farm will be installed with 60 Siemens SWT-6.0-154 direct drive wind turbines rated at approximately 6MW each. The turbines have a rotor diameter of 154m and feature the world’s longest blades (75m), which allow them to provide a huge swept area of 18,600m².

The three-bladed turbines have a speed range between 5rpm and 11rpm and will rest on monopile foundations that will be installed at depths ranging between 23m and 37m.

The turbines will be spread over an area of approximately 40km² and will be interconnected by means of offshore cables.

Arkona Becken Südost wind farm construction
Major components of the offshore wind farm will be pre-assembled on the wharf of the Port of Sassnitz in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which will serve as a logistics base for the project, during the construction phase.

The components from the wharf will then be loaded onto ships for installation in the water. The port will develop the necessary wharf space and berths for the rapid loading and unloading of the project components.

Wind turbine installation at the offshore location is expected to begin in the summer of 2018 and first power is anticipated to be produced in 2019. The construction is expected to be fully completed during that same year.

Grid connection

The Arkona wind farm is to be connected to the grid node in Lubmin. The grid connection will be achieved through the Ostwind 1 offshore cable construction project being developed by 50Hertz.

Contractors involved

Siemens was awarded the contract to supply, install and commission the turbines for the Arkona offshore wind farm, which represented the first order for the company’s large direct drive turbines for a Baltic Sea wind farm.

The contractual scope for Siemens further includes servicing and maintenance of the turbines for two years in collaboration with a team from E.ON. The Siemens team will monitor the turbines from its remote diagnostics centre in Brande, Denmark.

E.ON awarded the contract for inter-array cabling to interconnect the turbines to VBMS in April 2016.

A2SEA has been awarded the contract to install the turbines, which will be performed using its offshore installation vessel Sea Challenger.

Van Oord has been contracted to supply and install the monopile foundations, including the transition pieces, using its heavy lift installation vessel named Svaven by 2017.

DHI Group provided hydrography and metocean data for the project in 2010. Strabag Offshore developed a wind measuring platform to help with deciding the layout of the turbines and foundations.

Fugro Consult performed the main geotechnical investigation for the project, under a contract awarded by E.ON in 2011, using its jack-up vessel Excalibur and geotechnical drilling vessel MV Fugro Commander. Fugro drilled 79 boreholes into the seabed to perform the necessary tests at multiple locations for the offshore turbines and the transformer substation.