Parkwind selects Port of Mukran to become the O&M base for Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm
On Wednesday 15th of September, Ems Maritime Offshore (EMO), Vestas and Parkwind signed the lease agreements for the O&M building that will serve the forthcoming Arcadis Ost I wind farm in the Port of Mukran. The signing ceremony, in the presence of the Minister of Energy, Infrastructure and Digitalization of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Christian Pegel, marks the beginning of the development of the building where up to 40 professionals will oversee and service the operations of the 257 MW wind farm Arcadis Ost I. The signing of the agreement closely follows the Arcadis Ost 1 financial close signed earlier this summer. The wind farm will be located in the German territorial waters of the Baltic Sea, northeast of the island of Rügen. It will generate green energy to power the equivalent of up to 290,000 households. Offshore installation works are due to begin in 2022 and the wind farm is expected to be fully operational in 2023.
“I am really pleased that Port Mukran will now also become the base port for maintenance and service of the Arkadis Ost 1 wind farm. The companies' decision to opt for the Port of Sassnitz cements its position as a key location for the offshore industry. But it also demonstrates that Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's commitment to the generation of wind energy off its coast is not just a win for climate change mitigation, but also for the local economy - in the long term," said Christian Pegel, the state's energy minister.
"The favourable location with the shortest distance to the wind farm, and a good logistical infrastructure make Sassnitz-Mukran the perfect base for the operation and maintenance of Arcadis Ost and other projects in the Baltic Sea region. Our project partners can rely on our experience and know-how when it comes to building and operating a modern service base. We are looking forward to working together," explains Hauke Groeneveld, Head of Port & Logistics Services at EMO.
"Together with Vestas and Parkwind as strong partners, we are focusing on an offshore service base designed for sustainability in the future," emphasises EMO Managing Director Marcel Diekmann, adding: "As an experienced service company, we are ready for current and future projects in the Baltic Sea."
Søren Hansen, VP of Service Operations at Vestas Northern & Central Europe said: "We’re pleased to have selected the Port of Mukran as the O&M base for Arcadis Ost 1. This milestone is a continuation of Vestas’ investment in Germany, and we’re pleased to be delivering long-term service jobs and the associated economic benefits to the Mukran area as part of the Arcadis Ost 1 project. It is excellent to be partnered with Parkwind on this important project for Germany, and we look forward to delivering our V174-9.5 MW turbines to the project beginning in 2022. "
Eric Antoons, co-CEO of Parkwind, commented: “We are delighted that the Port of Mukran will become the Arcadis Ost 1 O&M base. Their understanding of our industry and experience in offshore projects make them the ideal choice . Today, with our distinguished partners and in the presence of Minister Pegel, we are able to demonstrate the effects offshore wind development brings to the local economy in terms of jobs and infrastructure.“
About Arcadis Ost 1
Arcadis Ost 1 is a 257MW offshore wind farm developed in the German territorial waters of the Baltic Sea, northeast of the island of Rügen. Arcadis Ost 1 has been developed by Parkwind with the participation of PMV and OstseeWindEnergie GmbH , a project company of the three partners Oberhessische Versorgungsbetriebe AG ,Stadtwerke Bad Vilbel and WV Energie AG.
The wind farm will begin operations in 2023 and will supply enough green energy to power an equivalent of 290,000 households.
About Ems Maritime Offshore GmbH:
Ems Maritime Offshore GmbH (EMO) is a fully-owned subsidiary of the shipping company Aktien-Gesellschaft "EMS", and was established in 2010 to expand the offshore activities of the AG "EMS" Group.
The energy of the future will to a large extent be generated at sea. As pioneers providing services for this future-oriented sector, EMO has recognised the signs of the energy turnaround at an early stage. Its declared long-term objective is to offer and establish customer-tailored service solutions sustainably.
EMO operates its own fleet of modern service vessels under the German flag, which are adapted for use in the offshore wind farms of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. In addition to the standard activities of a certified shipping company, specialising in the particular requirements of offshore wind farms, EMO also provides the comprehensive services required in various service ports close to the wind farm cluster. This includes the provision of office, storage and field warehouse capacities as well as parking spaces and berths for service vessels. In the Netherlands, EMO operates the new Heliport Eemshaven.
The comprehensive EMO service portfolio is rounded off by maritime coordination, which includes the control of all logistical processes and maritime sea surveillance by the in-house control centre VENTUSmarine.
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service onshore and offshore wind turbines across the globe, and with more than 140 GW of wind turbines in 85 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else. Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled more than 120 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Together with our customers, Vestas’ more than 29,000 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future.
Parkwind is an independent green energy company that develops, finances and operates offshore wind farms. With more than a decade of experience and 771 MW under operational management in the Belgian North Sea, Parkwind is currently expanding internationally. With active projects at various stages of development, such as Arcadis Ost 1 (DE) or Oriel (IRL), Parkwind is set to add another 1.1 GW of capacity under its management.
Committed to making green energy available and affordable for everyone through its unique approach covering the entire value chain of offshore wind, Parkwind has established itself as a reliable and competitive partner to communities, governments and suppliers globally.
Composed of over 120 professionals operating from offices in Belgium and Ireland, Parkwind leads the offshore wind energy activities of its Belgian shareholder Virya, which is owned by the Colruyt Group and Korys. Learn more at www.parkwind.eu