First Siemens turbine in at Baltic 2

The first of 80 Siemens SWT-3.6-120 turbines was installed yesterday at the 288MW Baltic 2 wind project off the German Baltic Sea coast, utility EnBW said.

The installation vessel Vidar in the coming days is slated to install a further five turbines at the construction site 32km north of the island of Rügen.

EnBW plans to gradually commission the wind park during this year and reach full operation in 2015.

“EnBW aims to significantly expand its share of renewable energies, and offshore wind energy is an important pillar of that,” technical board member Hans-Josef Zimmer says.

Once fully commissioned, Baltic 2 will provide an estimated 1,200GWh of electricity a year and supply 340,000 homes with power.

EnBW is already operating the 48MW Baltic 1 plant, Germany’s first offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. The country is currently also developing several offshore wind parks in the waters of the North Sea.