Iberdrola selects Bilfinger to conduct pile testing for Wikinger Project
Test findings will lead to a technically and economically optimized solution for the foundations
• In the fall of 2014, the German engineering and services group will test steel foundations for Wikinger offshore wind project under a contract worth some €20 million
• With an investment of nearly €1.4 billion, the 350-MW offshore wind project developed by Iberdrola will comprise of 70 wind turbines
IBERDROLA has awarded German engineering and services group Bilfinger a nearly €20 million contract to manufacture, install and test several steel foundations at the location of Wikinger offshore wind project, currently being developed in the Baltic Sea.
In the fall of 2014, in order to optimize the design and manufacture of foundations, Bilfinger will drive 38-metre long steel piles into the seabed at selected locations of the site. Tension and pressure tests will be conducted under water following a static period of several weeks.
Jonathan Cole, Offshore Director for IBERDROLA, said: “The Wikinger project is making very good progress and this pile testing work is essential for the project’s engineering solution to be technically and economically optimized. We are very pleased to have appointed German company Bilfinger to carry out this important contract for the project.”
The Wikinger offshore wind project is being developed by Iberdrola in the Baltic Sea, off the coast of the island of Rügen, where the water depths range between 37 and 43 metres. The project covers an area of roughly 34km², within which 70 turbines and one offshore substation are planned to be installed.
Once in operation, the 350-MW wind farm will produce electricity equivalent to the consumption of more than 350,000 German households and will avoid the emission of almost 600,000 tons of CO2/year.
With an investment of almost €1.4 billion, Wikinger will have a significant economic impact through the entire supply chain and will help create hundreds of new jobs.