Swedish state-run energy company Vattenfall is planning to develop a 630MW offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

The company gained the right to develop the N-6.6 offshore wind power project after notifying the German authorities about exercising its right of entry.

It won the project area in the offshore wind tender results announced in August 2023 by the German federal network agency, Bundesnetzagentur.

Vattenfall secured the project area as part of the tender process to build a large wind farm 85km off the German island of Borkum.

Known as Nordlicht II, the offshore wind farm will be located next to Nordlicht I, known as N-7.2, until February 2023. The company secured right of entry to the area in September 2022.

The two wind farms will have a combined installed capacity of 1.61GW, enough to supply 1.7 million German homes with clean energy annually.

Nordlicht I will be connected to the German electricity grid in 2027 and Nordlicht II in 2028.

Vattenfall business area wind head Helene Biström stated: “These projects are milestones on the path to enable fossil freedom. They will lead to a permanent reduction in Germany’s dependence on fossil fuels.

“In addition, offshore wind energy can make an important contribution to the conversion to more climate-friendly production in some key industries. Within the framework of partnerships, we want to support that conversion.”

Vattenfall acquired the project, originally called Atlantis I, in 2017. The areas were then re-auctioned after the introduction of a new offshore wind tendering system.