Iberdrola has completed a programme of geotechnical studies for its Wikinger development. The work was undertaken at the Baltic Sea project site, 35km north-east of Rügen.
It included a full geological survey of the seabed and assessment of the structure of the terrain. The findings will be used to inform the 400MW project's dimensions, foundations design and installation methods. Eighty Areva 5MW turbines will be deployed.
Completion of the €20m programme is a key milestone for the €1.5bn project. Construction consents are awaited from the Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH). Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2015, with commissioning likely in early 2017.
Tendering for the procurement and installation of foundations, inter-array cables and the main substation components is underway. Progress is also being made on the port to be used for the pre-assembly and transportation of components to the project site. An announcement is expected shortly. A final investment decision on the project will be made in late-2013, with the first procurement contracts awarded shortly afterwards.