Official ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the indeland Wind farm Eschweiler

  • Joint project of innogy, EWV and RURENERGIE
  • 13 wind turbines on recultivated land of Inden opencast mine
  • Investment of approx. € 62 million

Today, the official ground-breaking ceremony for the indeland Wind farm Eschweiler will be held. In a joint project, innogy, EWV and RURENERGIE will build 13 wind turbines with a total capacity of 41.6 megawatts (MW). The 3.2 MW turbines manufactured by the German manufacturer Senvion will be built in two project sections on recultivated land of the Inden opencast mine. Four wind turbines (12.8 MW) will be erected to the northwest of Blaustein Lake bordering the municipality of Aldenhoven and the city of Alsdorf. Nine additional turbines (28.8 MW) will be built north of Fronhoven. innogy has a stake of 51 percent in the wind farm project company, while the municipal partners EWV hold 29 and RURENERGIE 20 percent. The investment volume amounts to € 62 million. The project was developed jointly with BMR, a wind farm developer from Hückelhoven, and supported by the development company indeland GmbH and RWE Power. The completion of the first construction section is scheduled for the second quarter of 2017, the second section is to start operating in autumn of 2017.

Rudi Bertram, mayor of the city of Eschweiler, said: “Renewable and sustainable energies have become part of our region’s ongoing structural change, and are here to stay.“

Hans Bünting, Chief Operating Officer Renewables of innogy SE
“The Eschweiler project is the fourth wind farm that we have realised with partners in the Rhenish lignite mining area. This time the cooperative venture is special: Thanks to our strong municipal partners, EWV and RURENERGIE, plus the support of RWE Power and indeland GmbH, we are in an excellent position to successfully implement the energy transition together. I wish all of us a safe and smooth construction of the turbines.”
Hans Bünting, Chief Operating Officer Renewables of innogy SE

Manfred Schröder, Managing Director of EWV Energie- und Wasser-Versorgung GmbH: “Our Herzogenrath solar power plant, which is the largest solar power plant in North-Rhine Westphalia, has helped us grow renewables in the field of photovoltaics considerably. The implementation of the Eschweiler wind farm, our largest wind power project to date, perfectly complements our commitment to realising the energy transition.“

District Administrator Wolfgang Spelthahn, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of RURENERGIE GmbH, said: “The participation in the Eschweiler windfarm is another milestone in the short history of RURENERGIE. I am delighted that we succeeded in conjunction with our partners to have made another, significant and forward-looking contribution to climate protection in our region.”

Lars Kulik, Executive Board member of RWE Power AG: “The proximity of the power plant and the wind farm is visible proof of the many opportunities in the lignite mining area: We are reusing the land of former opencast mines to the sustainable benefit of people, nature and – in this case – the industry, while building up a successful and smooth partnership between renewable and conventional electricity generation with our flexible power plants, thereby safeguarding secure energy supplies.”

Jens Bröker, Managing Director of indeland GmbH, added: “The Eschweiler wind farm project demonstrates how to promote structural change in the region and create a sustainable future for Indeland. From the region and for Indeland, it’s a great cooperation between all parties involved. “

Overview of construction phases
Construction has already started in the area to the northwest of the Blaustein Lake. Activities include path construction, soil improvement and foundation work. The installation of the first tower segments is scheduled for spring, followed by the construction of the machine houses and rotors. On the construction site north of Fronhoven, construction can commence in January following the receipt of the permit at the end of 2016.