Auction success for RWE: 1.6 GW of offshore wind secured

15 August 2023

The German Federal Network Agency has announced that RWE has been granted awards for Nordseecluster B. This involves the N-3.6 and N-3.5 sites in the German North Sea, on which RWE intends to develop, build and operate two wind farms with a total capacity of 900 MW. RWE secured the 900 MW without a negative bid component. Last year, the company had already secured the rights for two wind farms in Nordseecluster A with a total capacity of 660 MW. Preferred suppliers of the main components have already been selected for all four sites with a total capacity of 1.6 GW.

Sven Utermöhlen, CEO RWE Offshore Wind commented: “We are driving forward the expansion of RWE’s offshore wind power fleet in Germany at full speed. Our portfolio already includes six offshore wind farms off the German coast.”

The Nordseecluster, located around 50 km of the island of Juist, will be constructed in two phases (Nordseecluster A and B): The two wind farms of Nordseecluster A with a total capacity of 660 MW are to become operational by the beginning of 2027. A further 900 MW will be provided by the two wind farms of Nordseecluster B, which are scheduled to start operation from 2029. Due to the size of the Nordseecluster, RWE intends to achieve considerable synergy effects in the development, construction and subsequent operation of the four wind farms.

The German Federal Network Agency has also provisionally awarded RWE another site for an offshore wind farm with a capacity of 630 MW. Site N-6.6 is a pre-investigated area located around 50 km northwest of the Nordseecluster. The further development of the project by RWE is still subject to the exercise of a step-in right by another company.

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