Two geological seabed survey contracts have been announced by Iberdrola subsidiary ScottishPower Renwables for the 400MW Wikinger project in the German Baltic Sea.
The work has been won by Gardline and GEO, both of which will undertake surveys to determine the type of foundations to be installed within a 34km² area. The Wikinger site is in water depths greater than 40m and surveying will include the drilling of 63m boreholes as well as seismic testing to map the seabed terrain.
"The start of sub-surface drilling is a crucial stage of the project, paving the way for construction of one of the largest deep-water offshore wind farms in the world," said Keith Anderson, chief executive of both ScottishPower Renewables and Iberdrola’s global offshore business.
As previously reported by Windpower Offshore, offshore wind is a focus of Bilbao-based Iberdrola’s corporate strategy. Anderson refers to an offshore development pipeline in Europe of 11GW.
The energy company’s offshore projects include the 389MW West Of Duddon Sands project, which it is developing jointly with Dong as well as the much larger UK Round 3 7.2GW East Anglia development zone, for which it has partnered with Vattenfall. In France, Iberdrola is developing the 500MW Saint Brieuc wind farm with Eole-RES.
Once built, Wikinger will feature 80 5MW turbines.