DONG Energy builds offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 2

Monday, 27 June, 2016 - 12:45
Fully commissioned in 2019 offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 2 will supply CO2-free power corresponding to the annual electricity consumption of approximately 460,000 German households. (Photo: DONG Energy)
Fully commissioned in 2019 offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 2 will supply CO2-free power corresponding to the annual electricity consumption of approximately 460,000 German households. (Photo: DONG Energy)

DONG Energy has decided to build the offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 2 in the German North Sea, which is expected to be fully commissioned in the first half of 2019.

Borkum Riffgrund 2 will have a total export capacity of 450 MW, and will feature the largest wind turbines in German waters: 56 units of MHI Vestas’ 8 MW wind turbines with rotor spans of 164 meters.

Borkum Riffgrund 2 will be located 54 km off the coast of Lower Saxony, next to one of DONG Energy’s other wind farms, Borkum Riffgrund 1. For the first approximately ten years of production from Borkum Riffgrund 2, DONG Energy will receive a fixed price per kWh of electricity produced.

DONG Energy was granted a consent for building Borkum Riffgrund 2 back in December 2011. This consent needs now to be amended to accommodate the deployment of the larger 8 MW turbines. At present the company is awaiting the final approval of these amendments by the consenting authority, ‘Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie’ (BSH).

DONG Energy is the sole owner of Borkum Riffgrund 2 and in accordance with its partnership model intends to divest up to 50% of the project at a later stage. With its decision to build Borkum Riffgrund 2, the company will reach 6.7 GW of installed offshore wind capacity, exceeding its self-defined 2020 target of 6.5 GW.

Trine Borum Bojsen, Country Manager of DONG Energy Wind Power Germany, commented: “With Borkum Riffgrund 2, we’ll start the construction of our fourth offshore wind farm in Germany and will have invested a total of 5 billion Euro in Germany. After completion of Borkum Riffgrund 2, DONG Energy will have installed approximately 1.35GW of offshore wind in German waters and supply power to 1.4 million households.”

Silke Funke / DONG Energy

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