RWE Innogy, WindMW inaugurate offshore operating base in North Sea
Oct 8, 2013 - RWE Innogy, the renewable energy unit of German utility RWE (ETR:RWE), said it officially opened today together with offshore wind farm developer WindMW the offshore operating base on Heligoland island in the North Sea.
The operating base on the Heligoland island, located 40 km off the German coast, will serve for the maintenance and operation of the Nordsee Ost and the Meerwind Sued Ost offshore wind farms owned by RWE Innogy and WindMW respectively. The two farms are currently being constructed 30 km north of the island and will have a capacity of 295 MW and 288 MW, respectively.
The base will consist of two service buildings to be completed by spring 2014 on a total area of 6,000 square metres (646,000 sq ft), composed of storage facilities, offices, staff accommodation and control rooms for the offshore wind farms.
WindMW, a joint venture of US investor Blackstone (NYSE:BX) and German developer Windland Energieerzeugungs GmbH, has already been using the island as a base for the installation of the 80 wind turbines for its offshore farm.