North Sea Port Cooperation for Offshore Wind Parks

Several North Sea ports have agreed on a cooperation to meet the rising demand by offshore wind park developers for suitable ports and logistics facilities. The ports of Brunsbüttel, Büsum, Dagebüll, Helgoland, Husum, Rendsburg-Osterrönfeld, Wyk auf Föhr, List and Hörnum presented their joint concept for the Helgoland and Sylt cluster offshore wind parks.

So far, only the alpha ventus wind park with a 60 MW capacity is operating in the North Sea. However, other major projects are being planned.

Vattenfall and the municipal utility of Munich intend to start construction on the Dan Tysk project (capacity: 288 MW) off the coast of the island of Sylt in 2012. RWE  Innogy wants to start operating its wind park project “Nordsee Ost” (capacity: 295 MW) off the coast of the island of Helgoland in late 2012. Until 2020 30 wind farms shall be built in the North Sea. The government’s target for 2030 is an installed offshore capacity in the North and Baltic Sea of up to 25,000 MW (2020: 10,000 MW).

For the construction and maintenance of the wind parks, different ports and facilities are needed, depending on the state of construction or maintenance needs. The ports of Brunsbüttel, Büsum, Dagebüll, Helgoland, Husum, Rendsburg-Osterrönfeld, Wyk, List and Hörnum therefore agreed to cooperate, with different ports catering for different needs. The strategic concept defines the requirements for the ports and port locations, and describes an integrated approach by which the offshore wind parks of the Helgoland and Sylt Cluster can be constructed and maintained.

Source: State of Schleswig-Holstein

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