Iberdrola has installed the first wind turbine at the 350 MW Wikinger offshore windfarm in the German Baltic Sea.

Located off the northeast coast of Rugen Island, the 5 MW Adwen turbine is the first of 70 currently being installed by a specialised vessel.

The turbine components are loaded out from Mukran port in Sassnitz in sets of three, including the pre-assembled 135m diameter rotor, before installation at the site, which is expected to take one week per set.

Wikinger is Iberdrola’s first offshore project in German waters and the company has already installed the wind farm’s 70 jacket foundations and the array cable.

Jürgen Blume, head of Iberdrola in Germany said: “We are delighted to reach yet another key stage of Wikinger’s construction programme.” He added that the project “is progressing well and we are on target with our plans for full export at the site later this year”.

Wikinger is Iberdrola’s second offshore wind farm, the first being West of Duddon Sands in the Irish Sea in 2014.