Iberdrola says it has begun the process to install its first offshore wind farm in Germany. The Wikinger project, which will be approximately 400 MW and use 5 MW wind turbines, will be located off the German coast of the Baltic Sea.
The company has begun applying for the permits from the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency. This phase includes a detailed presentation of the planned design and a comprehensive environmental impact report, based on numerous studies carried out over the last 12 months.
In March 2010, Iberdrola acquired 100% of the construction rights to this offshore project from the joint venture between DEE Deutsche Erneuerbare Energien GmbH and Ventotec GmbH.
At the time, the plant had already obtained permits from the German government to install floating wind turbines. After an in-depth analysis of the project and the site, the company decided it was better to use large turbines on fixed structures directly anchored on the seafloor.
Once administration authorization is obtained, Iberdrola intends to present the final plans for the offshore project in early 2014, with the aim of commencing construction in 2015 and offloading to the grid the first kilowatts in 2016.