Dong Energy Opens First Offshore Wind Farm In Germany

Danish based Dong Energy, has opened its first offshore wind farm in German waters.

Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm, located 54km (34 miles) off the German coast, contains 78 wind turbines, capable of generating a nominal 312 mega watts- enough to power 320,000 homes.

Dong Energy’s co-venturers in the project include fellow Danish firms: William Demant, a specialist in hearing aids; and the toymaker LEGO.

DONG Energy Chairman, Thomas Thune Andersen, said: “Borkum Riffgrund 1 is our first operational project in Germany and I’m very satisfied with the fact that we can now harvest the fruits of the investment we have put into this project.”

“I’m also very pleased with the confidence that our joint venture partners have shown us by investing in this project.”

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economy & Energy, Uwe Beckmeyer, said: “The first offshore wind farm installed by DONG Energy in Germany is a great success.”

“Borkum Riffgrund 1′ is an impressive example of just how fast offshore installations can now be installed. This translates into lower costs and is good news for consumers.”

Dong Energy

Dong Energy recently acquired what will be the largest offshore wind farm, the Hornsea Zone, off the east coast of the UK.

The ambitious Hornsea Zone will cover a total area of 1,544 square miles (4,000 km2), around twice the size of greater London and capable of generating around 3 giga watts of clean electricity.

Offshore Wind Germany

Dong now has its sights firmly on becoming the main player in Germany, as it looks to construct a further two offshore wind farms in German waters.

On the move, Andersen said: ”Our journey in Germany is far from over. We are currently building another two offshore wind projects and have a number of other projects in our pipeline that will allow us to demonstrate the skills and competences we have gained and will allow us to continue to show the trust we have in the German offshore wind market.”

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