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RWE Innogy plans 960 MW windfarm

RWE Innogy plans what could become the largest offshore windfarm off the German coast with an anticipated 960 MW capacity.

RWE Innogy got the project through the acquisition of the project company ENOVA Energieanlagen GmbH, part of the ENOVA Group. The acquisition includes the rights to the offshore wind project North Sea Windpower 3 (NSWP3), which will be renamed Innogy Nordsee 1.

It is to be built 40 km north of the North Sea island of Juist, with an area of around 150 km2 and water depths of 26-34 m. The plan is to install 150-180 5 MW or 6 MW wind turbines, which could yield over 3 TWh electricity per year.

RWE Innogy and ENOVA expect to receive approval by the end of 2009 with initial preparations starting in 2010. The first wind turbines could start running as early as 2011. The whole windfarm is expected to be completed in 2015 representing a total investment of around €2.8 billion.

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