Amprion moves LanWin1 and LanWin3 commissioning forward

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 23/01/2023 Amprion
Amprion Offshore GmbH announced the LanWin1 and LanWin3 offshore grid connection systems will be completed two or three years earlier than originally planned. Furthermore, the will be renamed and managed under the names BalWin1 and BalWin2. 

recently published area development plan of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency envisages putting BalWin1 (formerly LanWin1) into operation as early as 2029 instead of 2031, and BalWin2 (formerly LanWin3) as early as 2030 instead of 2033.

According to the Wind Energy at Sea Act (WindSeeG), 30 GW of offshore wind energy should be installed by 2030 - ten GW more than previously planned. This changes the commissioning dates and the wind farm areas to be connected in the North Sea.

"The new schedule for our projects is now even more ambitious than before," said Christoph Evers, overall project manager at Amprion. “But Amprion expressly supports the acceleration. We will do our part to achieve the goals.”

“Of course, the name change can initially lead to misunderstandings in public, however, there are no effects on land-based planning. The adjustments only affect the offshore wind farm areas to be connected and the project names," said Stefan Sennekamp, ​​project spokesman at Amprion.

The two planned offshore grid connection systems BalWin1 and BalWin2 connect wind farms in the North Sea with the onshore transmission grid. The will have a capacity of 2,000 MW and include 155 or 165 kilometers of subsea cables. The route passes under the island of Norderney to reach the coast in the Hilgenriedersiel area. Approximately 205 and 215 kilometers of underground cable will be laid on the land side of BalWin1 and BalWin2 to get to their respective network connection points in Wehrendorf (BalWin1) and Westerkappeln (BalWin2).