In the German waters of the Baltic Sea, the Spanish developer Iberdrola will build the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm. The developer has signed a contract with the manufacturer Vestas for the supply of turbines and their service. Their installation is scheduled for the first quarter of 2024.
The Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm will consist of 50 V174-9.5 MW turbines. For this purpose, Iberdrola and the Danish manufacturer Vestas have signed a contract for the supply of units and a separate service contract. Operational work will be carried out from the port of Mukran on the island of Rügen.
Work on the farm started in 2018. The geotechnical and geophysical research of the bottom of the Baltic Sea was carried out by Fugro, the value of which was EUR 10 million.
The total capacity of the farm will be 476.25 MW, and its total area will be 40 km2. The installation will be located approximately 75 km from the German coast. The plan is to connect to the Lubmin substation via 2 HV cables, which will be laid by the 50Hertz operator. The farm will provide 45 percent of the electricity consumed in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
This is not the only project of a Spanish developer in German waters. Germany is one of the company’s strategic offshore wind markets. In 2017, he commissioned the Wikinger farm (350 MW) and the Wikinger Süd farm (10 MW) is under construction. After the Baltic Eagle is commissioned, Iberdrola will have turbines installed in Germany with a total capacity of 826 MW, which corresponds to an investment of EUR 2.5 billion. This is not the end of the developer’s ambitions – his plans are to increase the installed capacity in offshore winds in Germany to 1.1 GW until 2026.
Germany is not the only country of interest to the investor. Iberdrola also wants to develop farms in the waters of Poland and Sweden, but also Ireland, Japan and the USA.