The Arkona power plant has 385 MW of total capacity and will supply electricity to around 400,000 average German households annually.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has reportedly announced that it has successfully installed Arkona offshore wind power plant in record time of five months in Germany. The owners E.ON and Equinor officially opened the Arkona offshore wind power plant on April 16 in German Baltic Sea. The construction works were carried out by Siemens Gamesa including the installation and commissioning of 60 SWT-6.0-154 direct drive offshore wind turbines in five months between June and October 2018.
According to the press release by Siemens Gamesa, the Arkona power plant has 385 MW of total capacity and will supply electricity to around 400,000 average German households annually. The turbines have been installed in the wind park area covering 39 square kilometers at water depth of 23-37 meters on monopile foundation. The wind power plant is located in the German Exclusive Economic Zone in Baltic Sea.
Reportedly, all the work at the sea had been carried out smoothly in less than five months together with the developer from the port of Sassnitz-Mukran. Siemens Gamesa installed a turbine within 24 hours by applying its proven 24/ONE concept. The company has aimed to consequently increase customer benefit and to decrease installation time through efficient project management.
Andreas Nauen, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Offshore Business Unit, was reportedly quoted saying that the Arkona wind power plant is an example of the great contribution made by offshore wind power in Germany.
The offshore turbines had been installed from an installation ship provided by the operator in just over three months. All the wind turbines were fully operational at the sea just after two days of completion of installation work. This resulted in completion of facility prior than planned and commissioned by the consortium operating the wind power plant. The consortium consists of the Norwegian energy firm Equinor and German energy supplier E.ON.