RWE has selected Port of Thorsminde for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of its 1 GW Thor offshore wind farm in Denmark, with part of the port to also be used for project construction.
The Port of Thorsminde is located approximately 22 kilometres from the Thor offshore wind farm site, offering both the shortest sea and fastest air routes, according to RWE.
The developer and the port have signed a Letter of Intent, which will see RWE using the O&M base for at least 30 years and creating up to 60 permanent jobs in the long-run.
It is expected that the new O&M base will be fully operational from 2026 onwards.
For construction-related activities, RWE plans to establish its base at Thorsminde by Spring next year as it expects that the project’s first survey works will be carried out from the port.
The company also said smaller components would be shipped out and construction crews would be transported to their offshore workplace from the port.
RWE, through the project company Thor Wind Farm I/S, was announced as the winner of the Danish tender for the Thor offshore wind farm at the beginning of December 2021.
Total investment costs for the Thor project have been estimated at DKK 15.5 billion (approximately EUR 2.1 billion), including the offshore wind farm and the connection to the grid, which will be built without subsidies.
Once it is fully commissioned in 2027, the 1 GW project will become Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm and will be capable of producing enough green electricity to supply the equivalent of more than one million Danish households.
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