Equinor, the Norwegian multinational energy company and E.ON’s Arkona offshore wind facility became operational in Rugen Island’s port of Sassinitz-Mukran with an event attended by distinguished guests. The festive event was attended by Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, Kjell-Borge Freiberg, Norway’s petroleum and energy minister and E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen.
Arkona is the Baltic’s seas most expansive wind farm. Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the event that Arkona will set the standard for energy system transition. It is not enough to just convert production of energy. There is huge potential in heating sector and a major change is taking place in the transport sector.
Johannes Teyssen said the task facing the industry is to make renewable energy cheaper and at the same time undertake a vigorous expansion. There is great need to deliver green energy to businesses and people more efficiently. All the prowess of large companies is needed to carry out this herculean task. E.ON will be focusing on the better utilization and integration of renewables for industrial customers and society.
Manuela Schwesig, the prime minister of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern said that the Arkona wind farm launch will send out strong signals of collective progress towards energy revolution. In partnership with strong partners like Equinor and E.ON, offshore wind power will be a crucial element for the future of energy. She congratulated the Arkona project for successful completion.
Kjell-Borge Freiberg, Norway’s energy minister said that Arkona wind farm’s completion is the result of a productive cooperation between Equinor and E.ON. The event is a symbol of Germany and Norway’s close relations in the energy field. He added that the cost reductions combined with technological advancements has given offshore wind an edge over other energy options in Europe.
Equinor’s Chairman of Board of directors Jon Erik Reinhardsen said that Arkona is a major milestone for Equinor. The facility has the capacity to supply sustainable energy to around 400,000 German homes. This is significant achievement for Equinor considering that it already meets 25% of the Germany’s natural gas needs. Since 2012, Arkona has become the fourth wind farm of Equinor to become operational.
Located 35km northeast of Rugen Island, Arkona wind farm can produce 385 megawatts of electricity enough to meet the needs of 400,000 German households. The project has been developed with a EUR 1.2 billion investment. Arkona saves CO2 emissions of 1.2 million tons annually. 60 Siemens turbines of 6MW capacity were installed at the site. Arkona is a collaborative venture between Norway’s energy company Equinor and E.ON.