After a one-year period of construction, E.ON’s Amrumbank West offshore project in Germany is taking form. The installation of the first of 80 turbines has been done successfully at the construction site, 35 km to the north of the island of Helgoland.
The height of the hub of 3.6 MW turbine produced by Siemens is 90 m above water level; the rotor diameter is 120 meters. The rotor tip is almost as high as the Cathedral of Cologne, having a height of 150 meters. Carrier vessels convey the constituents of seven turbines from the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark to the deep-sea construction location Amrumbank West.
Right after the installation of the modules, the turbines are set for operation. Meanwhile, commissioning work is being achieved on the transformer substation of the Amrumbank West wind farm. E.ON has constructed a base for operations and maintenance on the island, since the operation and maintenance of the wind farm will be managed from Helgoland.
Amrumbank West should be accomplished and launched in autumn 2015. With a total capacity of 288 megawatts, the wind farm can provide power to approximately 300,000 households. This will aid reduce more than 740,000 tonnes of carbon emissions yearly. Total capital expenditures on the project will attain around €1 billion.