EEW SPC and Windar lay the foundation for Iberdrola’s Baltic Eagle wind farm
Iberdrola completed the procurement process for Baltic Eagle with the award of the final key contract for the project, the manufacture of offshore foundations, to EEW SPC and Windar.
The German company EEW SPC will supply 50 monopiles, while the Spanish company Windar will manufacture the same number of transition pieces that connect the turbine towers to the foundations. Both companies have extensive experience in the offshore wind sector and have supplied components and equipment for numerous projects across Europe.
The monopiles are manufactured in EEW’s mega factory in Rostock, Germany. Grouped into deep and shallow clusters, the monopiles have a diameter of 8.75 – 9 m and their length varies from 75 – 90 m, depending on the water depth for each wind turbine position. The heaviest monopile is 1402 t and EEW SPC processes around 64 600 t of steel weeks for this order from January 2022 to January 2023.
The main construction work for the transition pieces will be carried out at Windar’s shipyard in AvilÃ©s. Around 30 Windar suppliers in northern Spain will be involved in this manufacturing process, including steel production, components, equipment, test and auxiliary machinery companies. The contract creates 800 jobs and 1.3 million working hours. Manufacturing will begin in October 2021 and will last until December 2022, with loading scheduled for early 2023.
Iris Stempfle, Country Manager for Iberdrola in Germany, said: âThe Baltic Eagle manufacturing phase will involve multinational companies with offices in five European countries including Germany, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium. We are very pleased that Iberdrola’s investments are making an important contribution to Europe’s green recovery. In addition to a remarkable creation of jobs during the construction phase, we are planning to increase the workforce at our O&M base in the port of Sassnitz-Mukran on the island of RÃ¼gen in order to serve the Iberdrola Baltic Sea Hub and at the same time strengthen the share of local added value.
With a production capacity of 476 MW, the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm will supply 475,000 households with renewable energy and almost 1 million tonnes of CO. save on2 Emissions. It should be fully functional by the end of 2024.
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