This weekend, the ship began the first loading of the transition pieces manufactured by Windar Renovables at its facilities in Avilés for the Baltic Eagle wind farm (476MW), the second offshore wind project developed by Iberdrola in German waters.
The ship will load in this first shipment 10 of the 50 pieces that will be sent to the sorting port of Sassnitz in Germany, from where they will be stored and preparations for transport to the marine site will be finalised. Each of these pieces is 15 metres high, 6.5 metres in diameter and weighs 240 tonnes.
The execution of the Baltic Eagle project has contributed to the creation of 800 jobs, based on 1.3 million hours worked. The start of manufacturing began at the end of 2021 and work will continue until the final loading of all parts expected in May 2023, to be finally installed between the second and third quarter of the year.
In addition, some thirty local suppliers have participated in the execution of a project that, once in operation, will contribute to meeting the demand for clean energy for 475,000 homes and avoid the emission of almost one million tonnes of CO2 per year. The offshore wind farm will be fully operational by the end of 2024.
With its 50 wind turbines of 9.5 MW each, Baltic Eagle will have a capacity of 476 MW, generating 1.9 TWh per year. The wind turbines will be installed on monopile foundations and will cover an area of 40 km2. The substation of the wind farm was installed in February, and the monopiles will be installed during the second quarter, while the cabling between turbines will be done in the second half of the year. Finally, after the installation of the turbines, the wind farm will be operational in 2024.
Green energy for over half a million homes
The Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm, located northeast of the island of Rügen off the coast of Pomerania in the Baltic Sea, is part of Iberdrola’s so-called “Baltic Hub” in the Baltic Sea. Together with Wikinger (350 MW) and the planned Windanker (300 MW), the Hub will have an installed capacity of more than 1.1 GW by 2026, underpinning the company’s strategic focus on the Baltic Sea.
Source: Windar Renovables