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Final decision clears path for EnBW He Dreiht

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 23/03/2023 EnBW

The recent final investment decision clears the way for the start of construction of EnBW’s largest offshore wind farm to date, with an installed capacity of 960 MW. The subsidy-free offshore wind farm is currently one of the largest energy transition projects in Europe. The investment cost for He Dreiht is around €2.4 billion. It is expected to be operational by the end of 2025. He Dreiht will then aim to generate electricity for the equivalent of 1.1 million households. Upon completion of He Dreiht, EnBW will be responsible for technical and commercial management as well as maintenance and repair.

EnBW CEO Andreas Schell commented: “The final investment decision for the construction of our He Dreiht offshore wind farm is an important milestone in accelerating the energy transition. Long planning horizons and extensive preparatory work in the offshore wind industry require a high degree of foresight, expertise and readiness to make decisions and invest. This is another big step towards a carbon-free energy future."

EnBW has signed several long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for He Dreiht with companies such as Fraport, Evonik, Salzgitter and Bosch, covering a total volume of 335 MW. Talks with other companies are underway. To finance this major project, EnBW has secured an additional €600 million in long-term funding from the European Investment Bank.

EnBW’s existing offshore wind farms Hohe See and Albatros are located nearby. He Dreiht will benefit from this proximity and from the service hub already established in the coastal town of Emden. The plan is for the installation of 64 latest-generation Vestas wind turbines. Introduced to the market as the first 15 MW wind turbine, it gives He Dreiht a total installed generating capacity of 960 MW. This means that the 900 MW grid connection capacity for He Dreiht can be fully utilized. EnBW has received the plan approval decision and thus the permit for the He Dreiht offshore wind farm from the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) in December 2022.

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