RWE has established a significant presence in Western Jutland with the project of building Thor offshore wind farm. The Port of Thorsminde will serve as base for the operation and maintenance of Thor. For this reason, RWE has also established an office at the port.
We wish to maintain a close collaboration with the local community and regional business community to ensure that our activities create value in the local areas. This involves active engagement in dialogue and cooperation with local stakeholders, including citizens, associations and authorities.
Local jobs and apprenticeships
A key focus for Thor is skills and education as we aim to boost the skillsets and maximise career opportunities for local people. Our aim is to raise awareness of the range of roles in the offshore wind sector and to encourage training and development so those people interested in the growing offshore wind sector are equipped to work with us, now and into the future. Thor will therefore bring 50-60 jobs and 30 apprenticeships to the local area of Thorsminde.
For the operation and maintenance of Thor we intend to contribute to the local economy and community by creating up to 60 permanent jobs. This includes technicians, engineers, nautical personnel as well as crew for the service vessels. It is expected that the new service station will be fully operational from 2026 onwards. The construction phase will further contribute with 200-400 temporary jobs.
To contribute to the development of the local community around Thor, close dialogue with the local forces is crucial. This is one of the reasons why we have committed to taking on at least 30 apprentices for this major project. To support the effort of securing apprentices for the construction of Thor, RWE has partnered with University College Holstebro. Holstebro Municipality has been the facilitator of the partnership.
RWE sponsors local organizations and engages in partnerships to raise awareness of Thor offshore wind farm and its benefits to the local community as well as support the organizations' individual causes. We frequently organize and participate in events to increase our visibility and provide updates on the project.
Energiens Folkemøde brings together citizens of all ages to facilitate a national conversation among citizens, decision-makers as well as the researchers and companies who work to create new solutions for the climate and the green energy supply of tomorrow. RWE will be present at this year’s Energiens Folkemøde with a stand on the city square.
RWE wish to facilitate an educational and exciting conversation about offshore wind, that speaks to the many children and young people who participate at the event.
Sustain Week Holstebro
RWE is a sponsor of Sustain Week Holstebro 2023. Sustain Week is an annual initiative where leading local companies in Central and Western Jutland and some of the most ambitious global companies get together with the talented international researchers, students and specialists to find solutions for a sustainable future, within their respective fields.
RWE participates in this year’s Sustain Week to strengthen local presence and ties to the area.
Citizens meeting in Thorsminde
The Port of Thorsminde invited the citizens of Thorsminde to an informal briefing about the Thor offshore wind farm project. The Port of Thorsminde will play a central role as Operations and Maintenance base for Thor. Lisette Sønderby, Port Manager, informed about the work that will take place at the port to facilitate these coming activities. Pia Lanken, Senior Advisor for RWE Renewables Denmark, gave a presentation of RWE and the Thor project.
Read a full article about the event from the local news outlet, Vesthavsklyngen (in Danish).
Groundbreaking for the onshore substation, Volder Søndervang
RWE broke ground for the onshore substation for Thor offshore wind farm. The onshore substation will be built in the municipality of Lemvig. Siemens Energy will carry out the civil engineering and construction works together with MT Højgaard Danmark, one of Denmark’s leading companies for large-scale building and infrastructure projects.