Karlsruhe/Hamburg/London, Jan. 17 -- EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG issued the following news release:
- Second auction success for the partners EnBW and bp in the UK
- The “Morven” project covers the needs of more than three million households
- Project pipeline in the offshore wind sector significantly expanded again
EnBW and bp have today been awarded a site for the development of a 2.9 gigawatt offshore wind farm off the east coast of Scotland. As announced by "Crown Estate Scotland", the equal partners in the ScotWind tender round were able to assert themselves against a highly competitive bidding environment. According to statements by the authority, among other things, technological competence was a decisive selection criterion. The approximately 860 square kilometer option within the tender area "E1" is located almost 60 kilometers off the coast of Aberdeen and is characterized by an advantageous location in terms of water depth and wind conditions. The “Morven” wind farm – which means “child of the sea” in Scottish Gaelic – is expected to be built here from 2026/2027 and, theoretically speaking, will supply more than three million households with wind power.
EnBW CEO Frank Mastiaux: “Since the construction of the first German offshore wind farm in 2010 by EnBW, we have built and commissioned four offshore wind farms with a total of one gigawatt. As a result, we have also developed beyond the borders of Germany into an internationally recognized player in this technically demanding technology. After the auction success in Great Britain last year, we are of course particularly pleased that we have now been able to assert ourselves again together with bp in a site auction for offshore wind farms. Together with the projects in the Irish Sea, Morven represents the largest offshore project in our company's history. Our offshore pipeline - consisting of EnBW projects and those that we are pursuing with partners - will grow to a total of seven gigawatts as a result. We look forward to being able to make another important contribution to a climate-friendly energy future in Europe with the project in Scotland – currently one of the most relevant offshore markets in the world.”
Bernard Looney, CEO of bp, adds: “bp can look back on a proud 100-year history in Scotland. Thank you to Crown Estate Scotland for the opportunity to turn this page and help Scotland continue to be a world leader in energy for the next 100 years. With EnBW we have an outstanding partner and we are pleased to be able to jointly develop a total of almost six GW of offshore wind energy. Our plans go far beyond the actual offshore wind turbines. We will invest in projects and people - from e-mobility charging infrastructure to green hydrogen - to support Scotland's energy transition goals. That's good entrepreneurial action: make targeted investments and show what an integrated energy company can do. We can't wait to get to work.”
Strong partnership to expand offshore wind power
The auction result in Scotland is already the second success for the partnership between EnBW and bp: in 2021, also in January, the partners were awarded a 3 GW site in the Irish Sea. The “Morgan” and “Mona” projects with a total capacity of up to 3 GW are currently being developed here. With today's auction success, the partners are reaffirming their commitment to expanding renewable energies in Great Britain. Their combined 6GW projects will make a vital contribution to the UK government's goals.
The expansion of renewable energies in the home market of Germany and in selected foreign markets is a central component of EnBW's growth strategy. Further investments totaling four billion euros are planned for this up to 2025. “The European targets for reducing the CO2 footprint can only be achieved through a massive expansion of renewable generation capacities. This entails considerable growth opportunities for EnBW. In particular, the expansion of offshore wind power in Scotland can make an important contribution to European climate neutrality. At the same time, the projects in Great Britain are also a big step towards our own climate neutrality as a company, which we want to achieve by 2035,” Mastiaux continues. EnBW began fundamentally restructuring its portfolio in 2013 and has since invested almost five billion euros in the renewable energies segment.
In the field of offshore wind power, EnBW was one of the pioneers with the Baltic 1 wind farm. In January 2020, the company commissioned Germany's largest offshore project "EnBW Hohe See und Albatros" with a combined output of 609 megawatts. In addition to the offshore wind farms, which are being developed together with partner bp, EnBW's next wind farm "He Dreiht" with an output of 900 megawatts in the German North Sea is scheduled to go online in 2025 without state subsidies.
bp has been active in Scotland for over a century, initially selling fuel and operating the Grangemouth refinery. The company was at the forefront of developing the North Sea with the first commercial discovery of natural gas in 1965 and the start of production of the Forties oil field in 1970. Today, bp in the North Sea is primarily focused on oil and gas with a focus on producing safer, more reliable and more cost-effective hydrocarbons with lower emissions, in line with corporate strategy. The company employs around a thousand people at its main site in Aberdeen and offshore, and supports more than 10,000 indirect jobs in the Scottish economy.
With around 24,000 employees, EnBW is one of the largest energy companies in Germany and Europe. It supplies around 5.5 million customers with electricity, gas, water and services and products in the areas of infrastructure and energy. Since 2013, EnBW has reacted to the fundamental changes of the energy revolution with a far-reaching corporate restructuring and is transforming itself into a sustainability-oriented partner for infrastructures. The corporate strategy continues to focus on the massive expansion of renewable energies and the grid, accompanied by the development of sustainable mobility and intelligent infrastructure solutions.
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Source: EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG