RWE Innogy plans to build first open-sea wind farm, Innogy Nordsee 1, off the German coast
Around 1,000 MW to be installed 40 km north off North Sea island of Juist/ Total investment of €2,8bn
Dr. Juergen Grossmann, Chief Executive Officer of RWE AG: "Some 1,000 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."
For RWE, the construction of Innogy Nordsee 1 is a clear commitment to help achieve the climate protection targets of the German government and the European Union. The wind farm will avoid approximately 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 annually*). It will also make an important contribution towards achieving RWE's ambitious renewables targets. By 2012, RWE wants to have secured a power generation capacity of around 4,500 MW on the basis of renewables. Through these investments, the Group is aiming to avoid up to 15 million tonnes of CO2 per year. The core market is Europe.
Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt, Chief Executive Officer of RWE Innogy: "In Germany, the construction of an offshore wind farm is a very ambitious project due to the high requirements. In contrast to other North Sea countries, we have to build comparatively far off the coast in deep waters. This requires the highest demands for planning, implementation and technology. I am therefore pleased that we are moving ahead with such an important project, particularly in Germany, with ENOVA and above all Helmuth Bruemmer as a partner. I am sure that we have the right team on board to cope with this challenging task."
Helmuth Bruemmer, the owner and Managing Director of the ENOVA Group, added: "To date, we have invested almost 10 years of development in realising our offshore projects. It is therefore also a major success for me personally to be able to implement the upcoming tasks together with RWE Innogy. With RWE Innogy, we have found the right partner to realise one of the largest offshore projects in the world." At the time of the acquisition, the project company ENOVA Energieanlagen GmbH only had the rights to the wind farm NSWP3. Shares in other projects were released from the company beforehand.
Innogy Nordsee 1 is to be built 40 kilometres north of the North Sea island of Juist in water which is 26 to 34 metres deep. 150 to 180 wind turbines with a capacity of 5 or 6 megawatts each are planned for the wind farm. Site tests suggest that it can run at just under 4,000 full-load hours and can therefore supply a total of over three TWh of electricity per year. For an offshore wind farm, that is a comparatively good figure. This quantity is enough to supply electricity to at least 780,000 households. The negotiations with REpower concerning a framework agreement for up to 250 wind turbines with a capacity of 5 or 6 megawatts each are at a very advanced stage; we expect the contract to be signed at the beginning of next year.
At the beginning of November, RWE Innogy acquired 50% in the British offshore wind farm Greater Gabbard, which will have a capacity of a total of 500 MW after its completion, which is anticipated for 2011. The company also runs the 60 MW offshore wind farm in North Hoyle off the coast of Wales and is building the 90 MW Rhyl Flats wind farm, which is also off the coast of Wales. The planned offshore wind farm Gwynt y Môr will be one of the largest of its kind in the world with a capacity of 750 MW. In the Netherlands, RWE Innogy is applying for a licence for a production capacity of 2,000 MW at two locations which are of particular economic interest.
ENOVA's offshore projects cover all areas in the North Sea: In 2004, the company built Germany's first nearshore wind energy turbine completely on water. Together with EWE AG, ENOVA is developing and realising the offshore wind farm RIFFGAT in the 12 sm North Sea zone, approximately 15 km north west of the island of Borkum. Up to 44 multi-megawatt wind energy turbines are to be built here. By transferring the Innogy Nordsee 1 project, ENOVA has achieved its goal of transferring all planned offshore projects to partners which have the potential to build and run them. ENOVA is still involved in the implementation of the projects with all partners.
*) Calculated based on the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research's report on CO2 reduction in the electricity sector by using renewables.
For further information on Innogy Nordsee 1 and the benefits of offshore wind energy, please go to www.rwe.com. More information on ENOVA can be found at www.enova.de.
The ENOVA Group with head offices in the East Frisian town of Bunderhee has its origins in ENOVA Energiesysteme GmbH & Co. KG, which was set up in 1989. Co-founder Dipl.-Phys. Helmuth A. Bruemmer has been the sole proprietor of the ENOVA Group since 1998. Its team includes experienced graduate engineers from a wide range of disciplines who plan and work on national and international projects - in both a projectrelated and cross-discipline manner. The ENOVA Group is a future-oriented company whose work in wind power recovery stretches from preliminary project planning, draft and approval planning through to the turnkey handover of plants. This also incorporates technical and commercial management over the entire service life of the wind farms.
About RWE AG
RWE Innogy pools the RWE Group's expertise and power plants in the area of renewables. The company plans, builds and operates renewable power generation facilities, and aims to vigorously grow its renewable energy capacity in Europe. The focus lies on onshore and offshore wind power projects. RWE Innogy will also grow in the biomass and hydroelectric power segments. In addition, the company is concentrating on geothermal energy and wave and tidal power. A further key area of activity is innovation. RWE Innogy is not restricted to just classical research and development, but is also investing selectively in many promising young technology companies.