The final investment decision clears the way for the start of construction of EnBW’s largest offshore wind farm to date, with an installed capacity of 960 megawatts (MW).
“The final investment decision for the construction of our He Dreiht offshore wind farm is an important milestone in accelerating the energy transition. Long planning horizons and extensive preparatory work in the offshore wind industry require a high degree of foresight, expertise and readiness to make decisions and invest. This is another big step towards a carbon-free energy future,”
said EnBW CEO Andreas Schell.
EnBW CFO Thomas Kusterer said:
“In He Dreiht, we are building one of Germany’s largest offshore wind farms. We succeeded in the first German offshore tender in 2017 with a zero-cent bid and made an important contribution to the further development of the offshore market.”
Kusterer added that yesterday’s decision is the reward for more than six years of outstanding teamwork. A combination of factors made the zero-cent bid possible. These include the installation of the latest wind turbine technology, synergies with existing sites and long-term power purchase agreements with industrial customers, which have a stabilizing effect on wind farm revenues.
This subsidy-free offshore wind farm is currently one of the largest energy transition projects in Europe. The investment cost for He Dreiht is around €2.4 billion. It is expected to be operational by the end of 2025. He Dreiht will then generate green electricity for the equivalent of 1.1 million households.
“With the sale of a 49.9% minority stake to a consortium consisting of Allianz Capital Partners on behalf of Allianz insurance companies, AIP and Norges Bank Investment Management, we have succeeded in bringing highly professional and experienced partners on board even before construction begins,”
said CFO Thomas Kusterer.
EnBW has so far signed several long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for He Dreiht with well-known companies such as Fraport, Evonik, Salzgitter and Bosch, covering a total volume of 335 MW. Talks with other companies are underway.
In the expansion of renewables, PPAs are an important means of underpinning and financing unsubsidized projects in the market. At the same time, more and more companies are striving to become carbon neutral, creating growing demand for green, carbon-free power. By entering into PPAs, companies and municipal utilities gain access to green power to meet their own climate targets and serve their customers.
To finance this major project, EnBW has secured an additional €600 million in long-term funding from the European Investment Bank, one of the world's largest financiers of climate and environmental projects.
- Unternehmensmeldung24.03.2023Consisting of 64 wind turbines (15 MW capacity each), the overall cost of the project will be €2.4 billion
- Pressemitteilung, Unternehmensmeldung21.03.2023Built without state funding, EnBW’s offshore wind farm is set to enter operation in 2025