E.ON builds Helgoland O&M base

German utility E.ON has started construction of its operations and maintenance building on the North Sea island of Helgoland, which it will use as operations base for its 288MW Amrumbank West offshore wind farm.

The 1,800 square metre building will provide space for offices, changing rooms and storage, and is scheduled for inauguration in August 2014. Up to 50 staff working in shifts will support the operation of the Amrumbank West wind farm by boat and helicopter. The building is part of an extensive conversion of the island's southern harbour.

“Helgoland is very conveniently located and therefore an ideal maintenance base for our offshore wind farm,” says Dominik Schwegmann, project manager for Amrumbank West.

The €1bn ($1.33bn) Amrumbank West offshore wind project is located around 35km north of Helgoland, and is slated to use 80 Siemens 3.6MW turbines.

Construction is now underway with completion and commissioning scheduled for spring 2015, E.ON says.

The utility in May started installing scour-protection for the foundations of the wind park.