Port of Thorsminde to be Thor's O&M base

4C Offshore | James Bernthal-Hooker
By: 20/04/2022 RWE

RWE has signed a Letter of Intent with the Port of Thorsminde, which will serve as the operations and maintenance (O&M) base for the Thor offshore wind farm. The 1 GW project is set to be the largest offshore wind farm in Denmark once installed.

Located approximately 22 km away from the port, the wind farm is due to enter construction in 2025. It is planned to be operational from 2026-2027, when it will be capable of producing sufficient green electricity for more than one million Danish households. RWE noted that the Port of Thorsminde “offers both the shortest sea and fastest air routes to Thor Offshore Wind Farm.”

The use of this port is expected to create up to 60 permanent jobs – including technicians, engineers, nautical personnel, and service vessel crew – in the long run. Following commissioning, it plans to support the wind farm “for at least 30 years from this port.”

RWE also intends to use this port during construction, with the first survey works to be carried out from it. Smaller components will be shipped out and construction crews will be transported to their offshore workplace. To this end, RWE plans to establish its base at Thorsminde by Spring 2023.

Earlier this month (April 2022), RWE signed an agreement with Energinet, the Danish grid operator, relating to Thor’s point of connection (POC) at Volder Mark. RWE is to construct and pay for the entire offshore HV system up to the POC, regulated by a concession agreement signed with the Danish Energy Agency in January, while Energinet is to build a new 220 kV onshore station to be connected via 28 km of underground cabling to the POC.

RWE is a global presence in offshore wind, operating 17 offshore wind farms in five countries. It is aiming to triple its global offshore wind capacity from 2.4 GW to 8 GW by the end of the present decade. In Denmark, it also operates the Rødsand 2 offshore wind farm, located south of the Danish island Lolland, with an installed capacity of 207 MW (RWE share: 20%). Rødsand 2 has been in operation since 2010.

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