EnBW acquires Albatross wind project

Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW) has acquired the Albatros offshore wind farm project in the German North Sea from consortium partners STRABAG and the Norderland/ETANAX Group.

Located 105km away from the coast, the project is spread over a 39km² area at a water depth of 39m to 40m and has a power generation capacity of around 400MW.

Financial details about the deal have not yet been disclosed.

The wind facility has permission to install 79 wind turbines of the 5MW-7MW rating class, EnBW said.

The project offers the scope for exploitation of other synergies during its construction and operational phases, and is adjacent to the Hohe See offshore wind farm, which is also owned by EnBW.

"EnBW is expanding its offshore wind portfolio with the acquisition of the Albatros project, and thus continuing to push forward the EnBW 2020 strategy."

EnBW chief executive officer Dr Frank Mastiaux said: "We are expanding our offshore wind portfolio with the acquisition of the Albatros project, and thus continuing to push forward our EnBW 2020 strategy.

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The offshore wind sector will play a significant role in achieving our goal of more than tripling the area of renewable energies by 2020."

Representatives from the seller Felix Koselleck and Günter Eisenhauer said: "Of our total 13 offshore wind farm project developments, we have been in talks to sell two approved projects and one project that is ready for approval.

"We are now pleased to have completed the sale of Albatros to our experienced partner company EnBW."

The acquisition expands EnBW’s portfolio to more than 1,600MW of approved offshore energy in the German North Sea.

As well as Albatros, the Germany-based utility firm controls the Hohe See (500MW) and He Dreiht (700MW) wind farms.

Image: EnBW expands its offshore wind energy portfolio with Albatros wind farm acquisition. Photo: courtesy of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg.