Iberdrola selects Sassnitz as the base port for Wikinger

Tuesday, 23 July, 2013 - 11:15

Iberdrola, represented by its subsidiary Renovables Offshore Deutschland GmbH, and Fährhafen Sassnitz GmbH have signed a land-use agreement. This includes the use of the south offshore terminal in Sassnitz-Mukran, which will be used for the storage and pre-assembly of components for the Wikinger offshore wind farm.

The decision for the port in Sassnitz was a logical step not just because of its geographical proximity to the wind farm, the companies announced in a joint press statement. The south offshore terminal at the site offers optimal conditions for storage and installation of system components for the wind turbines and their transport to the construction site.

The contract covers the use of 100,000 m2 for the period of installation. In addition, Iberdrola is also renting offices, which are directly situated at the terminal, for project management, coordination of ships as well as the transfer of employees to the construction site.

Jürgen Blume, Managing Director of Iberdrola Renovables Offshore Deutschland GmbH, seemed pleased after signing the contract: "Signing this agreement is a crucial step towards realising our Wikinger wind farm. Sassnitz has the necessary infrastructure and expertise. The importance of the subject of offshore wind energy in the politics of the federal state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is clearly visible here." Harm Sievers, Managing Director of Fährhafen Sassnitz GmbH, added: "We are delighted to welcome Iberdrola, a leading company in wind energy, to our site. The ferry terminal has the necessary expertise and capacity to implement a project of this magnitude successfully. "  

Up to 80 offshore wind turbines are planned for the Wikinger project, which will be installed on 4-legged jacket foundations. The wind farm is located in the Baltic Sea about 30 km north-east of the island of Rügen and thus within the German Exclusive Economic Zone. When operating at full power, it will produce electricity for more than 400,000 households. With a total investment of up to € 1.5 billion, the project will generate approximately € 650 million in taxes and other dues over a period of 20 years. Around 100 additional jobs will be directly and indirectly created at the site. Construction will begin at the end of 2015 and be completed in early 2017, in order to be able to benefit from the current compensation system.

Katharina Garus

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