Hamburg, Germany [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Another step has been taken towards the building of the first German offshore wind farm, alpha ventus. REpower Systems AG and Deutsche Offshore Testfeld und Infrastrukturge-sellschaft mbH & Co. KG (DOTI) have signed a contract in Hamburg for the supply and installation of six REpower 5M wind turbines. The installation of the REpower turbines is expected to begin in the middle of July 2009 on the construction site of alpha ventus, 45 kilometers north of Borkum Island, Germany.
“We are pleased that the contract with REpower is now secured”, said Wilfried Hube the project manager of alpha ventus. “I am confident that this pioneering project initiated by EWE, E.ON and Vattenfall will, as planned, succeed in 2009. REpower will bring to the partnership its extensive offshore experience of wind turbines of this size.”
The six turbines will be manufactured at REpower Systems AG new offshore assembly plant in Bremerhaven, the delivery is expected for summer 2009. The REpower 5M was developed especially for offshore operation. REpower has now successfully installed 17 turbines of this type, both onshore and offshore, including two turbines in the Scottish North Sea at a water depth of 44 meters, and six 5M turbines at the first Belgian offshore wind farm, Thornton Bank.