Offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht gets provisional grid connection

Windreich and TenneT have agreed on a provisional grid connection for the offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht. (Photo: TenneT)
Windreich and TenneT have agreed on a provisional grid connection for the offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht. (Photo: TenneT)

British Wind Energy GmbH, which is part of the Windreich Group, and TenneT TSO GmbH have reached an agreement on a provisional grid connection for the offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht. The wind farm will be temporarily connected at a reduced capacity to the BorWin2 grid connection already organized by TenneT instead of sending its electricity to the shore via the BorWin4 transformer as originally planned. While BorWin4 is still in the bidding phase, BorWin2, which has a total capacity of 800 MW, is already under construction. However, it is primarily destined for use by the Bard wind farm Veja Mate as well as for the 400 MW farm Global Tech, also initiated by Windreich. The wind farm Deutsche Bucht will therefore be connected to BorWin4 at full capacity as soon as this connection is completed.

The agreement between Windreich and TenneT was a precondition for the sale of the wind farm Deutsche Bucht that Windreich announced on 23rd October. The project, which has an investment volume of over € 1 billion, was sold by Windreich to a British financial investor. Windreich remains responsible for the construction and operation of the installation. The construction, start up and handing over of the converter stations, the execution of the cable connections and the laying of the AC cables remain the responsibility of TenneT.

Windreich and TenneT have also agreed to end their legal disputes. Following this agreement, the timely construction and start-up of the wind farm Deutsche Bucht are now assured, according to Windreich head Willi Balz. "Our common interest during the negotiations was to ensure the success of the energy policy shift, to which end both companies have already independently invested billions", said Balz. Lex Hartman, member of the board of TenneT, added: "We want to proceed with the development of offshore wind energy so that the goals of the change in energy policy can be achieved. That is why I am pleased that together with Windreich we quickly and constructively found a pragmatic solution for the wind farm Deutsche Bucht."

Katharina Garus

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