11 December 2009
11 December 2009
RWE have recently opened a 90 MW offshore Wind Farm. Situated five miles off the north Wales coast, in Liverpool Bay, the facility boasts 25 Siemens wind turbines.
It is thought that this development, said to be the biggest offshore wind farm in Wales, could power up to 61,000 households per year.
“RWE is moving at a fast pace with the development of renewable energies. RWE Innogy is one of the fastest growing companies in this sector in Europe. We intend to have projects with a volume of 10,000 megawatts in operation by 2020 and are investing €1 billion per year”, Dr. Juergen Grossmann, CEO of RWE AG, emphasized.
Peter Hain, Secretary of State for Wales, said: “I would like to congratulate RWE npower renewables on the completion of Rhyl Flats, so far the largest offshore wind farm in Wales.“ He continued: “RWE npower renewables is the biggest developer and operator of renewable projects in Wales, setting an excellent example in the way it uses natural resources. In doing so, RWE makes an important contribution to climate protection and creates numerous jobs in the energy production industry.”
Fritz Vahrenholt, CEO RWE Innogy, said: “It took just 14 months from the installation of the first monopile foundation to the trial operation of Rhyl Flats. This is a major achievement involving hundreds of people from within and outside the company. I am confident that with such an experienced and motivated team we will achieve RWE’s ambitious renewable energy growth targets.”
The offshore construction work at Rhyl Flats began in April 2008. In all, 25 Siemens wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.6 MW, were mounted in an area of nearly four square miles. The foundation piles were sunk at a depth of around 50 feet.
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