E.ON has entered into an equal stake partnership with Norwegian energy firm Statoil to build the €1.2bn Arkona offshore wind farm.
Arkona will be located in the Baltic Sea, 35km northeast of Rügen Island, and will have an installed capacity of 385MW. It will feature 60 six-megawatt Siemens turbines that will be mounted on monopile foundations installed at depths of 23–37 metres.
The wind farm will be able to meet the energy consumption needs of 400,000 homes, while at the same time cutting annual carbon dioxide output by approximately 1.2m metric tonnes.
Arkona will create 400 jobs during its construction phase. Once operational, it will create up to 50 permanent jobs and 100 jobs for external service providers.
E.ON’s Climate & Renewables CEO Michael Lewis said: "Arkona further exemplifies E.ON's leadership role in expanding renewables and shaping the new energy world.
"This project offers ideal conditions for further reducing the costs of offshore wind and will be a big step toward realizing our goal of making renewables truly competitive."
The project is expected to be fully operational in 2019.