RWE Innogy has received the permits for its offshore wind projects Innogy Nordsee 2 and 3. The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) approved the construction of 108 wind turbines located some 40 km north of the island of Juist. Innogy Nordsee 2 will consist of 48 wind turbines, and Innogy Nordsee 3 will comprise 60 turbines.
In April 2012, the BSH had granted RWE Innogy the permit for Innogy Nordsee 1, the first of the three wind farms, consisting of 54 wind turbines. The wind farm's construction field covers 100 square kilometers in total. Innogy says the permits allow for a total of up to 162 wind turbines with an installed capacity of approximately 1 GW to be built in this area.
‘The granting of the second and third permits has finalized the development process of Germany's largest offshore wind farm cluster," says Hans Bunting, CEO of RWE Innogy GmbH. "This represents a successful step forward in our sustainable and value-enhancing project development strategy, in which the Innogy Nordsee wind farm with its three sub-projects plays a prominent role’.
At the end of 2008, RWE Innogy had purchased the rights to the entire Innogy Nordsee project from the project development company ENOVA. ENOVA had initiated the project and, after the sale, continued to support its development up to the granting of the permits. Following the purchase, RWE Innogy divided the wind farm into three individual projects of roughly equal size.
A final decision to invest into the construction of Innogy Nordsee 1 is expected in the beginning of 2014. In the meantime, this sub-project was renamed Nordsee One. According to the plans, construction could commence in 2015. During the construction of Nordsee One, RWE Innogy says it intends to work with partners. The implementation of the second and third development stages could follow in the second half of the decade.