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RWE taps Siemens Gamesa for Denmark offshore wind farm
The 1,000MW Thor project will be capable of meeting the electricity needs of over one million households
Michael Marray 18 Jan 2023

German energy utility and developer RWE has chosen Siemens Gamesa as preferred supplier for its 1,000-megawatt offshore wind farm in Denmark.

RWE will build the Thor wind farm in the Danish North Sea, approximately 22 kilometres from Thorsminde on the west coast of Jutland.

The project will be Denmark's largest offshore wind farm. Installation work is planned to be carried out from the Port of Esbjerg, with the wind turbines to be installed starting in 2026. All deliveries are subject to RWE’s final investment decision.

Siemens Gamesa and RWE have already worked together on the development and operation of 12 offshore wind projects in several countries with a combined capacity of 5.1 gigawatts.

For the operation and maintenance of Thor, RWE will set up a service base at the port of Thorsminde. It will have 60 permanent staff including technicians, engineers, nautical personnel, and crew for the service vessels. The new service station is expected to be fully operational from 2026. RWE plans to support its wind farm for at least 30 years from this port.

Denmark has ambitious climate targets. The Thor offshore wind farm will increase the share of renewables in the country’s energy mix and help to reduce its carbon emissions, in line with the European Green Deal.

Once fully operational, which is planned to be no later than the end of 2027, the wind farm will be capable of meeting the electricity needs of more than one million households.

RWE is investing more than €50 billion (US$54 billion) globally until 2030 to grow its green core business. The company aims to expand its global offshore wind capacity from 3GW to 8GW by the end of the decade.

Since 2010 it has operated the 207MW Rodsand 2 offshore wind farm, located south of the Danish island of Lolland.

RWE is still involved in coal-fired power generation, which over the winter has increased in importance in Germany's energy mix as the country moves towards replacing capacity supplied by Russian gas.

Green activitists recently staged large-scale protests against the company at the abandoned village of Luetzerath in North Rhine-Westphalia, which has been cleared to expand the massive Garzweiler open-cast lignite mine.

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