Dublin, Ireland [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Airtricity, the renewable energy development division of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), has signed an agreement with Port of Rømø to develop a service and maintenance centre for the proposed Butendiek offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.
The development includes buildings and shore facilities for offshore access systems by fast crew tender vessels and helicopters. Located 34 kilometers off the island of Sylt at a water depth of 20 meters, Airtricity acquired the Butendiek project from the community-founded developer OSB Butendiek in 2007. The park has a capacity of 288 MW and Airtricity has entered into a turbine reservation agreement with Siemens Wind Power for the development.
“The port of Rømø offers a unique location to provide fast response times for wind turbine maintenance both by sea transport and helicopter air lifts,” said Martin Huss, project director and general manager at Butendiek Offshore Windpark GmbH & Co KG.
The port’s current extension plans will facilitate larger and other vessel types involved in the installation of wind turbines and steel foundations offshore.