Iberdrola has successfully connected the 350-MW wind farm to the power grid in Germany. Wikinger will be the scenary of one of the three multi-scale offshore pilots included in the Romeo Project.
Iberdrola has connected its Wikinger offshore wind farm to the German power grid. The facility, built during the last 18 months in the Baltic Sea, will be one of the three multi-scale offshore pilots foreseen in the Romeo Project.
Wikinger, located off the north-east coast of the German island of Rügen, adds 350 megawatts (MW) capacity to the system and will supply renewable energy to 350,000 homes, representing more than 20% of the power used by the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, in whose waters the project is located.
With an investment of nearly €1.4 billion, Wikinger will prevent almost 600,000 tonnes of CO 2 from being released into the atmosphere each year.
This wind farm had a particularly complex construction phase. In its major stages:
- 280 piles were driven into the sea bed to hold the foundations
- The offshore substation jacket was installed
- The Andalucía offshore substation was installed and commissioned
- The underwater cables connecting with Lubmin onshore substation were installed and commissioned in coordination with 50Hertz
- More than 80 kilometres (50 miles) of underwater array cables were run and commissioned
- The 70 jackets and wind turbines were installed and commissioned
Wikinger is the Iberdrola’s first solo offshore Project. The group is developing what will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world when it begins operations in 2020: the 714-MW East Anglia One (EAO) in British waters in the North Sea.
East Anglia One wind farm is another of the pilot of our Project, where ROMEO concepts/tools integrated in O&M information management system will be exhaustively tested in a real operation environment.