BERLIN (Dow Jones) – The energy company RWE plans , energy from ocean winds grow strong. In 2014 the company will be among the three largest offshore operators in the world, announced the committee responsible for this resource manager Martin Skiba on Tuesday. RWE is currently in fifth place behind , according to Skiba Dong Energy, Vattenfall, E. ON and Centrica. (Photo : RWE)
To the Top 3 to advance , the manager expects in 2014 wind turbines at sea with a capacity of about 1 gigawatt (GW ) to the network have . " For further 5 GW should be already available permits , " Skiba looked on the verge of the " Handelsblatt " conference organized to advance renewable energy.
The Essen RWE AG in the offshore wind business big plans. There are currently three wind farms under construction, will be exceeded with their completion, the gigawatt mark. Other projects are in planning. In a realization would add to them a further 6.5 GW of generation capacity.
Among the projects yet to be developed " Dogger Bank " off the British east coast is the largest. Together with Statkraft , Statoil and Scottish & Southern Energy will rotate on the site once plants with a total of 9 GW. According to Skiba , the first phase but will start no earlier than 2015/16 . The smaller project " Galloper "where RWE contributes half of 250 MW , could then already be at the net.
In Germany, the Group will be on building the second offshore wind farms to be there. The project named " North Sea Innogy 1 "is applied only to almost 1 GW. Skiba is aiming for the laying of the foundations for 2014. The case of the acquisition of the Dutch Essent Group acquired location " North East " will be a year full of previously in service .
To advance his plans , RWE has ordered two special vessels in South Korea for 100 million EUR. On another , the group has had to give up the end of an option.
As the largest obstacle in the construction of offshore wind farms in Germany made Skiba from the issue of network connections. " The regulations are too lax , "he complained. For example, the time for network operators for the laying of the connection is too big and wind farm investors had to be claimed too few opportunities for delays their claims.
RWE plans to limit the emission of pollutants. Therefore , the proportion of zero-emission energy production can be increased. By 2012, the Group intends to have 4.5 GW of installed capacity in renewable energy in construction or in operation . By 2020, 10 GW will then be connected to the grid. To this end, currently around EUR 1.4 billion invested annually .
– By Martin Rapp , Dow Jones Newswires ;
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