Karlsruhe/Hannover. Today, on the edge of the Hannover Messe, on the stand of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, the contract to supply 21 SWT 2.3-93 type wind turbines for the Baltic 1 offshore wind farm was signed between Siemens Energy and EnBW. The contract, which is worth around fifty million euros, is another important milestone in the realisation of Germany’s first commercial offshore wind farm on the Baltic. Baltic 1 lies around 16 kilometres north of the Darß/Zingst peninsula, and covers an area of about 7 square kilometres. The first offshore construction work will begin in spring 2010. The wind farm is due to come on-stream in the final quarter of 2010, and will have a total energy output of 48.3 megawatts.
“The signing of today’s contract brings us a significant step closer to realising Baltic 1 as the key component in our commitment to offshore wind power. As one of the first commercial projects ever to be undertaken in German waters, the project has particular significance for the offshore segment in Germany in general and for EnBW in particular,” says EnBW Technical Director Dr Hans-Josef Zimmer during the contract signing.
With an installed offshore output of over 600 MW and an order backlog of more than 3,300 MW, Siemens is the leading manufacturer of offshore wind turbines. “2009 promises to be a record year for offshore wind power,” says Dr René Umlauft, CEO of Siemens Renewable Energy Division. This year Siemens has already begun to build five offshore wind farms for the United Kingdom and Denmark. “The contract for Baltic 1 shows that the German market is slowly gathering momentum. The potential for offshore wind farms is huge. So far we have developed only 1.5 per cent of the possibilities in the North Sea and the Baltic,” adds Umlauft.
Award process for Baltic 1 largely concluded – EnBW and Nordex sign cooperation agreement
With the signing of the contract for wind turbines, all major work contracts have now been awarded for Baltic 1. In January 2009 the contract to supply foundations was signed with Erndtebrücker Eisenwerk GmbH &Co.KG. ABB will supply the electrical equipment for the distribution platform. The contract includes the gas-insulated medium voltage switchgear with all protection and process control technology. ABB also provides the power for the platform’s auxiliary power system. EnBW’s other project partners in the erection of Baltic 1 are Ballast Nedam, Weser Wind, nkt and A2SEA.
Baltic 1 is one of four offshore wind power projects with a total output of around 1200 MW which EnBW won back in spring 2008. Two of these wind power projects lie in the Baltic, Baltic 1 and Kriegers Flak, while the other two, the “He dreiht” and “Hochseewindpark Nordsee” wind farms are in the North Sea. The projects will be completed over the next few years and represent a total investment of around three billion euros. EnBW’s aim is to almost double the share of renewable energies in its energy mix from the current 11% to 20% by 2020. In this EnBW is counting on significant growth in its wind power capacities.
Against this background EnBW and Nordex AG have today announced that in future they will work together on the development of wind farm projects in Europe. Both companies have agreed to cooperate over the joint development of wind projects and to increase generation capacities over the next few years. The focus of the agreed cooperation is the N80, N90 and N100 model range (2500 kW nominal output), of which Nordex has already produced over 1000 turbines.