Vattenfall building new wind farm warehouse in Esbjerg

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 28/06/2021 Vattenfall

Vattenfall has revealed plans to builds its largest warehouse in Northern Europe for critical main components and spare parts for wind turbines.

The warehouse will be located at the Danish Port of Esbjerg and serve wind farms in Scandinavia, Northern Europe and the UK when ready in 2022. The new facility will offer 2,100 sqm indoor warehouse and an 8,200 sqm outdoor storage.

“It is from this central warehouse facility in Esbjerg that the major part of Vattenfall’s wind farms in Northern Europe will be supplied with spare parts,”
said Pia Bonding, Head of Integrated Operations at Vattenfall.

”The Port of Esbjerg is the ideal place for us to build such a warehouse due to its central location in Northern Europe and the professional way the port is operated. It will provide economies of scale compared to having vital main components stored at several smaller locations, and it is a central part of our ambition to see growth in wind farms across Northern Europe,”
added Pia Bonding.

Vattenfall is operating more than 1,300 on- and offshore wind turbines in Northern Europe dispersed across farms from Northern Sweden over Denmark to Germany and the Netherlands. The projects are monitored from Vattenfall’s central control room in Esbjerg and in future the town will serve as the hub for a central warehouse for these wind farms.

The CEO of the Port of Esbjerg, Dennis Jul Pedersen, commented: “It was a condition for Vattenfall that the building was close to the quay. It is part of the port’s strategy to be able to deliver this type of solutions, and the former ferry terminal has been laid out for this type of activity.”

The purpose of the central warehouse is to stock critical main components such as gearboxes, generators, transformers, shafts and blades as well as the main components necessary for bringing the electricity on shore such as array cables and switchgear. The warehouse will be a supplement to the dedicated warehouses that will still serve the individual wind farms.

The company Thyborøn Invest will construct the building. They already have experience with similar buildings in connection with the
Kriegers Flak wind farm, and will own the building that will then be let out to Vattenfall.

"The Port of Esbjerg is a magnet for the wind industry, and we believe that it will be a good and long-term investment to locate here. Large facilities will be in demand for many years to come,”
said Anton Bro, Managing Director of Thyborøn Invest.

The construction work will begin at the end of June and is expected to be completed within the next ten months. After that, the warehouse will be stocked and made ready for operation in June 2022.


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