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RWE Innogy leases German port for offshore wind base

10 May 2010

RWE Innogy has formed an agreement with terminal operator Eurogate Container Terminal Bremerhaven to use areas in the Bremerhaven container port as a base port for its offshore Nordsee Ost wind farm.

The lease agreements will run for a term of two years covering a maximum of 17 hectares and an adjacent quay of up to 400 metres on the container terminal 1 in Bremerhaven, said RWE.

The company said it will start construction of the base in mid-2011, which will include 48 6MW wind turbines and their corresponding foundations to be pre-assembled, shipped and assembled at the wind farm site that lies 35km north of Helgoland island.

The Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm is due to be switched on in 2013 with a total installed capacity of 295MW.

Professor Fritz Vahrenholt, chairman of the board of RWE Innogy, said, ‘Eurogate offers us in Bremerhaven excellent conditions for constructing our first German offshore wind farm. After all, we need very large areas and in particular the necessary infrastructure if we are to use our construction ship Seabreeze.’

Emanuel Schiffer, chairman of the board of Eurogate, said the location is ideally suited to the handling of large wind energy plants and that large container vessels will in no way impaired by the temporary solution. Container logistics is and will remain its core business, he added.

The foundations of the wind turbines will be constructed at a water depth of 22 to 25 metres before the 109-metre high turbines are installed. The first ship, with an order volume of approximately €100m, is scheduled for completion in autumn 2011 and will be used in the construction of the Nordsee Ost wind farm, said RWE.

RWE Innogy commissioned construction of special offshore construction ships from the Korean shipbuilders Daewoo at the end of 2009 and is planning to lease office space with around 50 workplaces.

The department of the Senator for Economy and Ports has made €3.5m available for refurbishing the quay installations for the offshore logistics. The European Union is also supporting the realisation of Nordsee-Ost as one of the lighthouse projects in the field of renewable energies in Europe with about €50m in the context of the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR).

Jörg Schulz, Lord Mayor of Bremerhaven, said, ‘The excellent cooperation between the economic development society BIS, our bremenports harbour planners and the port operator Eurogate have made it possible to adapt to the logistic requirements of RWE Innogy within a very short time.’

While the southern end of the container terminal represents a satisfactory temporary solution, Schulz said he is confident that the offshore terminal in the south of Bremerhaven will be successfully realised.

RWE Innogy is also planning construction of the 1,000MW wind power plant Innogy Nordsee 1, which is awaiting approval to be built 40km to the north of the island of Juist and due to be operational in 2015.

Overall investment for this project measures around €2.8bn. It is currently operating offshore wind farms in the UK and Belgium with a capacity of 158MW, with a further 250MW currently being constructed off the southern English coast.

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