REpower and RWE Innogy sign contract for 54 offshore turbines for Innogy Nordsee 1
Hamburg, 5 September 2012. REpower Systems SE has signed a contract with RWE Innogy for the delivery of 54 offshore wind turbines. The REpower 6M turbines, each with 6.15 megawatts (MW) of rated power, are intended for the Innogy Nordsee 1 wind farm. The project with a total capacity of 332 MW is based in the German North Sea, around 40 km north of the Island of Juist. This is one of the world’s biggest open-sea projects with turbines in the multi-megawatt class.
Andreas Nauen, CEO of REpower Systems SE, comments: “This contract is an important signal for the German offshore wind industry. We are delighted that RWE Innogy, our customer for many years, confides again in REpower´s established technology."
The REpower 6M to date is the most powerful wind turbine ever to be installed on the high seas anywhere in the world. The turbine is produced in Bremerhaven. From there, the components can be transported directly to their destination on the high seas. In 2009, three prototypes of the REpower 6M were installed onshore at the Ellhöft wind farm, near the German-Danish border. In spring 2012, the first turbines installed offshore were erected in the Belgian Thornton Bank wind project.
With 6,150 kW of rated power, an individual turbine installed offshore can supply more than 6,000 households with electricity. As it has 332 MW of rated power, the Innogy Nordsee 1 wind farm will therefore provide power to at least 324,000 households.
REpower Systems SE, a wholly owned subsidiary within the Suzlon group, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of onshore and offshore wind turbines. The international mechanical engineering company develops, produces and markets wind turbines for almost any location – with rated outputs of 1.8 MW to 6.15 MW and rotor diameters of 82 metres to 126 metres. Furthermore, the company offers its customers project specific solutions in the areas of turnkey, service and maintenance, transport and installation, as well as foundation planning and construction. The profitable and reliable systems are designed at the REpower TechCenter in Osterrönfeld and manufactured at its plants in Husum (North Friesland), Trampe (Brandenburg) and Bremerhaven as well as Portugal, India and China. With more than 2,900 employees worldwide the company headquartered in Hamburg can make use of the experience gained from the manufacture and installation of over 3,800 wind turbines around the world. REpower is represented by distribution partners, subsidiaries and participations in European markets such as France, Belgium, the UK, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Poland and Spain as well as on a global level in the USA, China, Australia and