Vattenfall exercises its right of entry for German wind farm

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 29/09/2022 Vattenfall

Vattenfall exercised its right of entry and secured rights to develop the
N-7.2 offshore wind power project off the German North Sea coast. The site, which was originally awarded to RWE, is expected to host an array with a capacity of nearly 1 GW.

The German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA) announced earlier this month that RWE Renewables Offshore HoldCo Four GmbH (RWE) had been named winner of its auction for the N-7.2 site. RWE was successful for a zero subsidy bid.

Despite its success, RWE was gazumped by Vattenfall which held a right of entry for area N-7.2. Vattenfall secured a statutory entry right through its previous project Global Tech II which was discontinued following the switch to government central tenders and unsuccessful in the 2017/18 transitional tenders. Statutory entry right allowed  Vattenfall to acquire the site following the tender providing it matches the winning bid.

Following a final investment decision by Vattenfall, the wind farm could be connected to the German electricity grid sometime in 2027. The project is located 85 kilometres off the island of Borkum on the German North Sea coast. It will have an output of 980 MW with annual generation expected to the meet the consumption of more than one million German households.

"This is an important milestone for us in Germany as the government aims to increase generation of electricity from offshore wind to 30 gigawatts by 2030. Vattenfall strives to contribute to this goal through this and other potential projects. Rapid expansion of renewable energy is key to permanently reducing Germany’s dependence on fossil fuels,"
said Catrin Jung, Head of Offshore Wind at Vattenfall.

Vattenfall operates onshore and offshore wind farms in its markets with a total installed capacity of approximately 4.2 GW and annual electricity generation of 11.2 TWh. In Germany, Vattenfall operates
Sandbank and DanTysk wind farms.

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