Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) carried out installation of Arkona offshore wind power plant that was officially opened by owners E.ON and Equinor in the German Baltic Sea on 16th April. Siemens Gamesa installed and commissioned 60 SWT-6.0-154 direct drive offshore wind turbines in a record time of only five months between June and October 2018 that was ahead of schedule period. The Arkona power plant has a total capacity of 385 MW and will supply around 400,000 average German households with electricity annually. Siemens Gamesa installed and commissioned the turbines in the wind park area covering 39 sq kms on monopile foundations at water depths between 23 and 37 metres.
All the work at sea were carried out smoothly together with the developer from the port of Sassnitz-Mukran in less than five months. Siemens Gamesa applied its proven 24/ONE concept, in which a turbine is installed within 24 hours. The aim is to reduce installation times through efficient project management and to consequently increase customer benefit. In just over three months, the offshore turbines were installed from an installation ship provided by the operator. Only two days after completion of the installation work, all the wind turbines were fully operational at sea.