Tendering process for offshore wind farm Albatros has been initiated

Friday, 8 July, 2016 - 14:15

In order to determine whether the offshore wind farm Albatros in the North Sea is economically and technically feasible, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG has initiated the tendering process for the combined lot 'wind energy plant, foundations and offshore substation' and for the lot 'cable work within the wind farm'.

Pre-qualification for the tendering process was possible up until 30 June. The offshore wind farm project Albatros, which was acquired by EnBW in December 2014, is located in the North Sea approximately 100 km from the East Frisian coast. The planned offshore wind farm EnBW Hohe See will be built in the immediate vicinity, creating synergies during the construction and operational phases of the wind farm.

Due to the statutory limit on grid connections for the expansion of offshore wind power of 7.7 GW until 2020, the Albatros project currently only has a binding approval for a 116.8-MW grid connection. The approval was granted in 2011, and when the wind farm was planned, 79 wind turbines with a total capacity of approximately 400 MW were planned for.

"We intend to expand renewable energy to become a supporting pillar of our business by 2020. Offshore wind power is already making an important contribution, and we intend to expand that. By initiating the tendering process, we will be able to determine during the next few months whether it will be economically feasible to carry out the Albatros wind farm project by 2019, despite its relatively small size. We are creating the conditions to be able to make a corresponding construction and investment decision", said Hans-Josef Zimmer, CTO of EnBW.

EnBW Hohe See is EnBW's third offshore wind farm, and when it is complete, it will have a total capacity of approximately 500 MW. EnBW Hohe See entered the design phase at the end of February. During this phase, the necessary dimensions of foundation structures will be calculated, the cabling within the wind farm will be designed and the structural and equipment details of the substation will be planned. EnBW has a total of three approved offshore wind farm project sites in the North Sea: Albatros, Hohe See and He Dreiht (approximately 700 MW). The company also has two wind farms in the Baltic Sea: EnBW Baltic 1 and Baltic 2, which have capacities of 48.3 MW and 288 MW, respectively.

Tanja Peschel / EnBW

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