The work was undertaken at the project's Baltic Sea location, 35 kilometres north-east of the island of Rügen. It included a full geological survey of the seabed and assessment of the terrain structure.
The findings will be used to inform the 400MW project's dimensions, foundations design and installation methods. The project will use 80 Areva 5MW turbines. A final investment decision will be made in late 2013, with the first procurement contracts awarded shortly afterwards.
Completion of the EUR 20 million studies represents a key milestone for the EUR 1.5 billion project. Construction consents are awaited from the Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH). Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2015, with commissioning likely in early 2017.
Tendering for the procurement and installation of foundations, inter-array cables and the main substation components is also under way.
Progress is also being made on the port to be used for the pre-assembly and transportation of components to the project site. An announcement is expected shortly.
The project originally had planning permission for floating turbines when it was owned by Venotec. Iberdrola acquired the project in 2010.