Baltic Windfarm Opens
The largest offshore windfarm for Germany is now operational and providing power to more than 340,000 households. The 288 megawatt “Baltic 2” windfarm is owned by German utility company EnBW and was constructed in a joint venture with Hochtief Solutions, GeoSea and Nordsee Naßbagge. The Germans invested more than $1 billion into the project.
Construction of the Baltic 2, which was previously named “Kriegers Flak,” began in 2013 and features 80 wind turbines, each rated at 3.6 megawatts and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 900,000 tons.
The Baltic 2 is Germany’s second offshore wind farm and is about six times larger than Baltic 1, which is also located in the Baltic Sea.
GeoSea is a member of the Belgian dredging, marine engineering and environmental group DEME. Hochtief Soulutions is a German construction company and Nordsee Naßbagger is a German civil engineering company. Germany hopes to power 10 million households with clean energy by 2017. Baltic 2 is expected to have a life cycle of about 20 years.