RWE Books Northwester 2 Power

RWE and Parkwind have signed a long term power purchase arrangement (PPA) under which RWE Supply & Trading GmbH will procure the electricity production from the 219MW Northwester 2 offshore wind farm.

The German energy company intends to sell the electricity and guarantees-of-origin to its large industrial and municipal customers.

The Northwester 2 wind farm will consist of 23 MHI Vestas 9.5MW wind turbines installed in the Belgian North Sea.

They will produce approximately 800 gigawatt hours of renewable electricity per year on average. The first wind turbines are scheduled to be commissioned at the end of this year. Commissioning of the entire Northwester 2 wind farm is targeted for early 2020.

“This is an attractive opportunity for us to secure and manage electricity volumes from renewable generation for the future,” said Andree Stracke, Chief Commercial Officer Origination & Gas Supply at RWE Supply & Trading.

“It confirms RWE’s commitment towards the Belgian energy market and our ambition to expand in renewable energy activities.”

Belgium wants to significantly expand its offshore wind capacity in the years ahead. The Northwester 2 wind farm is one of the current expansion projects that will make an important contribution to this objective, RWE said.

Eric Antoons, CEO of Parkwind, said: “The signing of the power purchase agreement is another important milestone for the Northwester 2 Project. We welcome RWE Supply and Trading as a long term partner for the Project and are looking forward to a good cooperation between the two companies.”