The offshore wind field Arkona was inaugurated yesterday on the island of Rügen in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. For this field, Chantiers de Atlantique has built and commissioned the largest electrical substation ever built in a single module.

The electrical substation of Arkona wind farm, located in the Baltic Sea, weighs more than 4000 tonnes and has a capacity of 385 MW. This makes it possible to transfer the electricity produced by Arkona's 60 wind turbines to the equivalent of 400,000 residences in Germany. Fully automated, "smart", can independently manage the wind farm, opened park Tuesday, April 16 with Chancellor Angela Merkel and many personalities.

The substation and its foundation, a 53m high jacket, were entirely built by Chantiers de Atlantique. Commissioned in June 2015, the substation was transported 35 km from the island of Rügen in February 2018. For the Chantiers of Atlantique, the success of this project demonstrates the excellent cooperation between the German actors, Norwegian Renewable Energies and French.

The Arkona wind farm was developed by the German energy company E.On and the Norwegian group Equinor (formerly Statoil) and connected to the grid by the German operator 50hertz. "We are proud to be associated with the success of this project, which will be a benchmark in European offshore wind power," said Atlantique Frédéric Grizaud, director of Chantiers Marine Power Business Unit at Atlantique.

This substation is the third project dedicated to an offshore park after those of Westermost Rough (2014) and Rentel (2018) in the North Sea (Great Britain and Belgium). This equipment can retransmit 1,000 MW of "decarbonized" electricity, the equivalent of consuming one million homes.