E.ON has signed a reservation agreement with the port operator Cuxport covering the use of port space for its Amrunbank project. The aim of the arrangement is to secure space at the port and exclusively use one of three existing quays for assembly work, transportation and storing important components for the offshore park.
The Cuxport terminal will therefore become the base port for the installation phase for the Amrunbank offshore wind park. In addition to providing interim storage for foundations and cables, the installation personnel will also start their journeys from Cuxhaven. E.ON is the first offshore operator to use the facilities at Cuxport as an installation port and it therefore reinforces Cuxhaven’s role as a leading offshore base port on the North Sea.
The head of the international offshore business division at E.ON, Sven Utermöhlen, and the Managing Director of Cuxport, Hans-Peter Zint, signed the reservation agreement in the presence of the State Premier of Lower Saxony, David McAllister, and the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Enak Ferlemann. The agreement is initially valid until the end of the year and the area will then be gradually taken over by the companies commissioned to carry out work by E.ON.
In selecting the Cuxport multi-purpose terminal as its base port for Amrunbank West, E.ON and its logistics partner are making the Cuxhaven site fit for other offshore operations at a later date. The reservation agreement also secures jobs at the port operator.
Lower Saxony’s State Premier, David McAllister, praised the agreement: “This is a good day for Cuxhaven and a further building block in successfully introducing the new energy policy in Germany. The signing of the reservation agreement for port space to construct the Amrunbank offshore wind park is an important step in increasingly using Cuxhaven as a port for Germany’s new energy policy. This strengthens the role of Cuxhaven as a leading offshore base port on the North Sea.” The head of the international offshore business division at E.ON, Sven Utermöhlen, called the agreement with Cuxport an excellent prerequisite for rapidly constructing the Amrumbank West wind park: “After signing the leasing agreements in Helgoland last week, the reservation agreement with Cuxport is the next major step on the way to constructing our Amrumbank offshore wind park. Cuxport is the ideal base port for us with its free access to the open sea and no locks.”
Cuxport Managing Director Hans-Peter Zint was also delighted: “We’ve been able to reassure E.ON about the efficiency of our company and the site during the far-reaching talks that have been held for several months. This cooperation arrangement underlines the increasingly important role of Cuxhaven for the offshore wind energy sector.”
The Amrumbank offshore wind park is located about 35 km north of Helgoland and will consist of 80 Siemens wind turbines in the 3.6 MW class and will generate 288 megawatts overall. The energy that is produced there will be enough to supply as many as 300,000 households and save more than 740,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum. Construction work is due to start at the end of 2013 and the wind park is scheduled to have been completed and commissioned by the spring of 2015. The investments in the project amount to approx. EUR 1 billion.
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