On Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel opened Germany’s first commercial offshore wind farm, Baltic 1. The facility comprises 21 wind turbines and an installed capacity of approximately 50 Megawatt.
Work on the offshore wind farm was started almost 10 years ago in 2002 by the Bremen-based wpd group in cooperation with its partner, Wind-Projekt, based in Börgerende, near Rostock. After wpd took over the shares from Wind-Projekt in 2007, the ready-to-build project was sold to the energy supplier EnBW in 2008. Based on a cooperation contract between wpd and EnBW, the wpd project team, consisting of 25 people under the leadership of Martin Lehnhoff, carried out the project management and subsequent construction of the wind farm.
"The project is of exemplary nature in many ways," comments the managing director of wpd offshore, Achim Berge. "Over the years, we have succeeded, in close cooperation with the state politics, to introduce a large energy supply company to offshore wind energy, integrate the local economy in many ways and construct the project without any delays. This model has been key to successful implementation and now, more projects with everyone involved shall follow."
The wpd group is developing another 16 offshore projects in Europe, four of which are situated in Germany. The foremost of these four projects is the Butendiek project off the island of Sylt. The wpd team is currently negotiating the supply contracts and recruiting further investors for this 80 turbine project. Compared to other projects, the relatively short distance from the coast and shallow water depth make this project most attractive. “Since this project is being planned with project financing for the first time, it would be exemplary as well and would be another important step for the furthering of offshore wind industry in Germany,” says the group.