RWE explores location for offshore port in Sweden

RWE, one of the world’s leading offshore wind companies, could build a base in the Swedish port of Oskarshamn.

RWE Offshore Wind and Smålandshamnar AB, operator of the port of Oskarshamn, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The aim is to investigate whether the site is suitable for the logistics, installation, loading, operation and maintenance of the planned offshore wind projects in the Baltic Sea. [ds_preview]

As a first step, the two partners want to determine the requirements and the necessary expansions and investments that would be required to expand the port’s capacity. The Essen-based energy group had reportedly already signed a similar agreement with Karlshamn.

RWE sees potential in Oskarshamn

“The expansion of offshore wind energy has great potential in Sweden,” says Matilda Machacek, Vice President Offshore Development at RWE Offshore Wind. For better logistics and more efficient operation, as well as for the profitability of offshore wind energy in Sweden, it is important to have ports close to the projects. This opens up economic advantages for the port itself and the surrounding region.

The port of Oskarshamn is reportedly already one of the leading ports in Sweden for the transportation and handling of onshore components and is strategically located in the Baltic Sea.

RWE is a global leader in offshore wind energy with more than 20 years of experience in the development, construction and operation of offshore wind projects. The company currently operates 19 offshore wind farms off the coasts of Europe – in Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the UK as well as in the Swedish Baltic Sea.

Among other things, RWE is currently building Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm, “Thor”, with 1.1 GW. The plan is to increase global capacity from 3.3 GW today to 10 GW by 2030.

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