REpower celebrates the laying of the foundation stone of its new development centre

  • Ceremony in the presence of Minister Marnette
  • Relocation to the new building scheduled for beginning of 2010

Hamburg/Osterrönfeld: Germany’s third-largest wind turbine manufacturer, REpower Systems AG (Prime Standard, WKN 617703), celebrated today the laying of the foundation stone for a new development and administration centre in Osterrönfeld (district of Rendsburg-Eckernförde). In the presence of the Minister for Science, Economic Affairs and Transport in Schleswig-Holstein, Mr. Werner Marnette, the Mayor of Osterrönfeld, Bernd Sienknecht, and further invited guests, the Executive Board hosted the traditional ceremony on the Kiel Canal site.

REpower CTO Matthias Schubert stressed in his greeting the solidarity of the company with Schleswig-Holstein and Rendsburg. "For over 20 years now, wind energy turbines have been developed in Rendsburg. We have also been developing our technologically leading turbines here since the founding of REpower in 2001, including our 5M and 6M offshore turbines and our new 3.XM onshore turbine", explained Mr. Schubert, adding: "We are delighted at having identified an ideal location with the active support of the local authorities and with the promotion of economic development. With the laying of the foundation stone, the first step of our further expansion here in Osterrönfeld is completed in the truest sense."

Minister for Economic Affairs, Mr. Marnette, praised REpower’s decision to continue to invest in Schleswig-Holstein and create jobs; according to him, this is a positive signal particularly in these fraught economic times and proves that wind energy represents an important source of energy for the future. "The booming industry in Schleswig-Holstein with over 7,000 direct and indirect workers increasingly turns out to be the mainstay of the economy. Statistically, almost 40% of the region’s electricity consumption are being covered by wind energy", said Mr. Marnette.

Afterwards, according to established tradition, a box filled with building plans, coins and newspapers was soldered up; the Minister, the Mayor and the REpower Executive Board bricked this in and thus laid the traditional foundation stone for the new building overlooking the canal and viaduct.

In Rendsburg and Büdelsdorf, REpower currently employs almost 400 people in development and other technical and operative departments, a majority of these being engineers. They are expected to relocate to the new administration building in Osterrönfeld in February 2010.