25 November 2008 – A major step has been taken towards the building of the first German offshore wind farm, alpha ventus, after REpower Systems AG and Deutsche Offshore Testfeld und Infrastrukturgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (DOTI) signed a contract for the supply and installation of six REpower 5M wind turbines.
The installation of the REpower turbines is expected to begin in the middle of July 2009 on the construction site of alpha ventus, 45 kilometres north of
Borkum Island, Germany.
“We are pleased that the contract with REpower is now secured”, said the Project Manager of alpha ventus, Wilfried Hube. “I am confident that this pioneering project initiated by EWE, E.ON and Vattenfall will, as planned, succeed in 2009.
REpower will bring to the partnership its extensive offshore experience of wind turbines of this size”, reported Hube.
“We are delighted that, with the signing of this contract, the building and installation of our turbines has now officially begun”, explained Norbert Giese, Director of 2 the Offshore Business Division at REpower Systems AG. “Of course, we are proud that half of the first offshore wind farm in Germany will be made up of REpower turbines.”
The six turbines are to be manufactured in the new offshore assembly plant of
REpower Systems AG in Bremerhaven, the delivery is expected for summer
The REpower 5M was developed especially for offshore operation. REpower has
now successfully installed 17 turbines of this type, both onshore and offshore,
including two turbines in the Scottish North Sea at a water depth of 44 metres,
and six 5M at the first Belgian offshore wind farm, Thornton Bank.