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The Arkona offshore wind project in the German Baltic Sea has moved from the planning to the construction phase. The cornerstone for the joint project being carried out by E.ON and Statoil was laid today in Sassnitz on the island of Rügen.

While the laying of the cornerstone marked the start of construction of the wind farm operations facility at the Mukran ferry port in Sassnitz, preparations for the offshore construction site are well along with the plan. The construction site is prepared, and the tracks for the cables connecting the turbines to the substation have been surveyed. Progress is also being made on the connection to the grid on the mainland via three submarine cables supplied by the transmission system operator 50Hertz, with two kilometers of cables currently being laid daily. At practically the same time that the groundbreaking ceremony was taking place, EEW Special Pipe Constructions was starting production of the steel foundations in Rostock. Bladt Industries has been manufacturing the house-sized connecting elements since early August in Aalborg, Denmark. E.ON will begin installation of the large components at sea in 2017. The Arkona project is located 35 kilometers northeast of the island of Rügen. The wind farm will have an installed capacity of 385MW and the wind farm is scheduled to be fully operational in 2019.

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