The steelworks of the offshore distribution station for the planned Arkona offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea are now finished. It has been moved by transport barge from its previous dock in STX France's shipyard to a dry dock. At the offshore distribution station, the electrotechnical components are currently being fitted. The station, weighing over 5,000 tons and as tall as a 5-floor apartment block, will then be transported by sea along the French Atlantic coast to the Baltic.
This journey will take nearly two weeks to complete and is expected to take place in early 2018. The platform will be used simultaneously by the Arkona wind farm and the power grid operator 50Hertz. E.ON is the platform's owner and will operate the wind farm after it is completed. The Arkona project is located 35 kilometers northeast of the island of Rügen. The wind farm will generate 385MW of power. 60 6MW wind turbines manufactured by Siemens will be installed. The plants will be built on monopile foundations in water depths from 23 up to 37 meters. Arkona is a joint venture of E.ON with the Norwegian energy company Statoil.