Statoil has entered into the German offshore wind market, through a 50% acquisition of the Arkona offshore wind farm. Statoil and E.ON also announce the final investment decision on the 385 MW project.
The estimated total investment for the project will be in excess of US$1.35 billion (EUR1.2 billion).
The Arkona wind farm will provide renewable energy for up to 400,000 households in Germany, making it one of the largest ongoing offshore wind developments in Europe.
The addition of Arkona increases the total energy production capacity of the offshore wind projects in Statoil’s portfolio by around 50%, and the company’s own production capacity by 65%. The projects now have a combined capacity of more than 1100 MW, supporting more than 1 million European homes with renewable energy.
“Statoil is an established player in offshore wind, leveraging our more than 40 years of experience from offshore oil and gas projects to create value,” says Irene Rummelhoff, Statoil´s executive vice president for new energy solutions. “We already have a solid portfolio of wind projects in the United Kingdom. With our entry into the German wind market and participation in the Arkona development from the start, we further strengthen our position in this attractive and growing industry.”
The Arkona wind farm will be located in the Baltic Sea, 35km northeast of the Rügen Island in Germany, southwest of the Danish island of Bornholm. It will consist of 60 6MW turbines, to be mounted on monopile foundations installed at water depths of 23-37m.
“This project offers ideal conditions for further reducing the costs of offshore wind and will take us a big step toward realizing our goal of making renewables truly competitive. We’re pleased to be partnering with Statoil, which has outstanding expertise working in challenging offshore environments,” said Michael Lewis, E.ON climate and renewables CEO.
E.ON will have responsibility for building and operating the wind farm. Up to 400 people will help build the wind farm during the two-year construction phase.
Start of electricity production is expected in 2019. Once in service, the wind farm will create up to 50 permanent jobs for highly skilled staff in operations, administration, and maintenance as well as, indirectly, another 100 jobs for external service providers.
Image: Arkona wind farm map/Statoil