5 November 2008 – German utility EWE and the Enova Group are jointly developing an offshore wind park called Riffgat off Germany’s North Sea coast.
To this end, the two companies have founded a new company called Offshore Windpark Riffgat, which will be responsible for building and operating the wind park.
In total, up to 44 multi-megawatt wind turbines are expected to be constructed 15km to the north-west of the East Frisian island of Borkum. Construction work for this offshore project is likely to commence in 2011.
The turbines will be built across an area of 6sqkm and are expected to generate enough electricity for 112 000 households by the end of 2012. According to the current plans, the project will entail investment of around €480m ($616m).
Thomas Neuber, EWE’s director of procurement and production, said: “Electricity from offshore wind turbines will form a central part of the energy mix of the future. By building the Riffgat offshore wind park, we are continuing with our commitment to electricity generated offshore.”