German utility E.ON AG (EONGY.PK) has started construction of its operations and maintenance building on the North Sea island of Helgoland, and would use Helgoland as an offshore operations base for its Amrumbank West offshore wind farm. The 1,800 square metre building would provide space for offices, changing rooms and storage. Up to 50 staff working in shifts would support the operation of the Amrumbank West wind farm by boat and helicopter. The building inauguration is slated for August 2014.
The building is a portion of an extensive conversion of the island's southern harbour. To enable use of Helgoland as a service port, new service and storage buildings as well as outdoor storage areas and jetties would be constructed, E.ON added.
According to Dominik Schwegmann, the Amrumbank West wind farm project manager, "We are planning to be on Helgoland for the long term. The lease for the land has an initial term of 28 years. We are pleased that the island will benefit so much from this infrastructure upgrade."
The Amrumbank West offshore wind farm, which is located nearly 35 kilometres north of the island of Helgoland, would comprise 80 Siemens wind turbines with a rated output of 3.6 megawatt each, generating a total of 288 megawatt. The wind farm has the capacity of supplying up to 300,000 households with clean energy and save more than 740,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. Construction is currently underway with completion and commissioning slated for spring 2015. The project is worth about 1 billion euros.
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