Hofor and wpd establish Danish offshore consortium

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015 - 11:30

Hofor and wpd have signed a strategic partnership agreement to develop offshore wind energy in Denmark. Together, the companies will participate at the tender that comprises six near shore wind farms in Denmark.

Hofor A/S and wpd AG will initially develop a joint tender bid for the offshore wind farms tendered by the Danish Energy Agency Energistyrelsen in 2015. The tender comprises six near shore wind farms totalling 350 MW installed capacity.

“The agreement with wpd is a breakthrough in our efforts to contribute to the growth of wind energy in Denmark. This partnership means that we here at Hofor will have access to the technological impetus and expertise we need to meet our offshore energy goals. The partnership will significantly improve our competitive edge in the offshore sector and it will help Denmark to maintain its positions of strength in the wind energy sector,” says CEO Lars Therkildsen, Hofor A/S.

Gernot Blanke, CEO at wpd, welcomes the agreement: “We have established a powerful and competitive Consortium in the Danish offshore market. This agreement with a regionally funded, publicly-owned utility company will create an excellent platform for realising our goal to expand the development of offshore wind energy.”

Hofor, a relatively new player in the wind energy industry, has an enterprising goal; to build 100+ onshore and offshore wind turbines by 2025. “Our own and Denmark's ambitious wind energy targets can only be achieved by huge new expansion in offshore wind farms. We just don't have the space onshore. To date, Hofor has only built onshore wind turbines. With the new agreement with wpd, Germany's leading wind developer, in place, we have a uniquely strong platform on which to build solid and competitive projects. These will be beneficial for electricity customers and Denmark's strong position in wind energy technology," says Therkildsen.

Hofor, Hovedstadsområdets Forsyningsselskab, is responsible for water supply, and waste water and rainwater disposal in eight Danish municipalities, among them Copenhagen. In addition to water, the company provides the City of Copenhagen with district heating, town gas and district cooling. Hofor is actively involved in several wind farm projects, of which the first was developed in 2010. To date Hofor has erected a total of 14 onshore wind turbines.

Katharina Garus

Facts:

Danish Offshore Wind Tender Consortium
Partners: wpd offshore Denmark A/S and wpd offshore GmbH , subsidiaries of the wpd AG
Hofor Vind A/S
Purpose: To participate in upcoming tenders on offshore wind farms in Denmark.
Goal: To win concession for one or more Danish near shore wind farms up for tender in 2015.

 

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