RWE is increasing its activity in the offshore wind business. RWE Renewables France and Bourbon Subsea Services have announced the signing of a partnership agreement to jointly bid for the Mediterranean floating offshore wind auction. The partners have applied to be selected as eligible bidders for the A06 tender – an announcement by the French government is expected during July. Under A06, two sites for floating offshore wind will be developed, each with a planned installed capacity of about 250 MW, with potential extensions leading to a total capacity of 1.5 GW.
Bourbon Subsea Services and RWE expect to bring complementary capabilities and expertise to this partnership whilst securing continuity in employment of local industry and resources.
RWE has also teamed up with Siemens Gamesa to ‘accelerate offshore wind growth in Poland’. RWE has selected Siemens Gamesa as preferred supplier for their F.E.W. Baltic II offshore wind project. The 350 MW wind farm is to utilise 25 of Gamesa’s flagship SG 14-236 DD offshore wind turbine. A service agreement is included. Subject to the final investment decision, construction works could commence as early as 2024.
Sven Utermöhlen, CEO Offshore Wind at RWE Renewables, commented: “With selecting Siemens Gamesa as preferred supplier, we have passed the next milestone on the way to realising our first Polish offshore wind farm. Offshore wind is gaining a real momentum in Poland and we want to be one of the key drivers by developing, constructing and operating further wind farms off the Polish coast.”
To support the realisation of RWE’s F.E.W. Baltic II and various future offshore projects, a new Siemens Gamesa Baltic Sea Offshore Execution centre will be realised. The 150 specialists hired for this hub will cover such areas as preassembly activities, project management, construction management, commissioning for offshore wind farms in Poland and many other countries. Gdansk will be the main office location, and the first recruitments have begun.
For the operation and maintenance of its F.E.W. Baltic II project, RWE is to locate a ‘service station’ at the Polish port of Ustka. It is expected to be ready by 2025.
RWE and Siemens Gamesa have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Maritime University of Szczecin. The MoU is focused on identifying joint activities that support the education of students. It also encompasses exploring potential collaboration on certain research projects.