Iberdrola has awarded a key contract for its Wikinger Offshore Windfarm project to a company from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The Rostock branch of GOLDBECK will be constructing the building that will oversee the windfarm’s operation and maintenance activities for years to come. This facility will be the base for long term operations for the windfarm and is expected to continue generating good economic impact in the area.
GOLDBECK is responsible for the design, planning and construction of the new building, with work due to commence following the grant of formal approval, expected in the coming weeks. The two-storey building and the attached warehouse will be located in the Port of Sassnitz-Mukran and will become the operational hub for Wikinger in 2017 when the project is fully commissioned.
Jürgen Blume, Managing Director Iberdrola Renovables Offshore GmbH Germany, commented: “This will be the first windfarm operations and maintenance base constructed in the port of Sassnitz-Mukran and will be designed considering best practices related to energy efficiency and respect to environment. The O&M base is comprised of an office area and a warehouse area. The warehouse area primarily serves as a place to store the spare parts and tools that will be used to maintain the windfarm. The office area will serve as the hub for the site management team who will monitor and control the windfarm on a day to day basis. The office area also provides welfare facilities (changing rooms, canteen etc.) for the technicians who will travel offshore to service the windfarm.”
Volker Huber, Branch Manager GOLDBECK in Rostock: “As a regionally based company, we are looking forward to involvement in the Wikinger project. The Operations Building will have a state-of-the-art control room, office and meeting facilities and will also have a photovoltaic on system on the roof. This will be an energy efficient building for a green energy project.”
Strong involvement of the regional economy
Iberdrola is maximizing the benefits created by its Wikinger project by working with local suppliers where possible. To date, technicians, contractors, vessels and port providers from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern have contributed to the project. Iberdrola has also engaged with regional enterprises through a specially organized Supplier Day aimed at increasing co-operation opportunities for local companies.
With an investment of around EUR 1.4 billion, Wikinger Offshore Windfarm will have an important economic impact throughout the entire supply chain.
From 2017, when operation of the project begins, the 350 megawatt windfarm with produce enough clean energy to power more than 350,000 households – more than 20 percent of the total annual consumption in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
For more information, please visit: http://wikingeroffshorewindfarm.de/