RWE Innogy Acquires Rights To Build 960-MW Offshore Wind Farm

RWE Innogy has acquired the project company ENOVA Energieanlagen GmbH, which owns the rights to develop a 960-megawatt (MW) wind project off the German coast. The project, North Sea Windpower 3, will be renamed Innogy Nordsee 1 and, if developed, will be the largest offshore wind farm off Germany’s coast.

Following regulatory approvals the installation will be built 40 kilometers north of the island of Juist, within an area of around 150 km² and in water 26-34 meters deep. Between 150 and 180 wind turbines with a capacity of 5-6 MW each are planned for the wind farm.

Site tests suggest that the project could run at just under 4000 full-load hours annually and could therefore generate a total of over 3 terrawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity per year. Negotiations for a framework agreement REpower for the supply of up to 250 wind turbines are at a very advanced stage and RWE expects the contract to be signed shortly.

RWE Innogy and ENOVA expect to receive the approval for the project by the end of 2009 and initial preparations could then start in 2010. The first wind turbines should start running as early as 2011. The whole wind farm is expected to be completed in 2015 at a total investment of around €2.8 billion [US $3.72 billion].

“Some 1000 megawatts of windpower on the high seas – that is the largest single project RWE has undertaken so far in the area of renewables. Even in these times of economic crisis, RWE Innogy is consciously stepping up its investment pace,” said Dr. Juergen Grossmann, CEO of RWE AG.

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