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Iberdrola SA (IBE), Spain’s biggest electricity supplier, awarded two contracts for geological surveys in the German Baltic Sea as it prepares to build the 400-megawatt Wikinger wind farm.
Iberdrola’s ScottishPower Renewables unit gave contracts valued at a total 18 million euros ($22 million) to Britain’s Gardline Group and the Danish Geotechnical Institute, it said today in a statement. They’ll drill for rock samples and conduct seismic surveys to determine what foundations are required for the farm’s 80 turbines, it said.
“The start of sub-surface drilling is a crucial stage of the project, enabling construction of one of the largest deepwater offshore wind farms in the world,” said Keith Anderson, chief executive officer of ScottishPower Renewables.
Germany is boosting investment in clean energy after announcing the phase-out of nuclear power last year. The country plans to build offshore wind farms covering an area six times the size of New York City, raising the share of renewable-energy output to at least 35 percent of total production by the end of the decade from about 20 percent now.
Iberdrola has earmarked 1.6 billion euros for the Wikinger project, which is scheduled to start operating in 2016 and will eventually produce enough power to supply 350,000 German households a year.
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