DONG Energy has secured a 100 percent ownership interest in the German offshore wind project Borkum Riffgrund West 2 from Energiekontor.
The wind farm is expected to produce 215 MW of power from 43 turbines and is located near DONG Energy’s 312 MW Borkum Riffgrund West 1 development project.
Construction is expected to begin after 2020 if grid connection is approved and the developer will make a final investment decision.
The application for grid connection is expected to be submitted between 2017 and 2018.
“With the Borkum Riffgrund West 2 project, we are now strengthening our post-2020 pipeline,” says Samuel Leupold, executive vice president of DONG Energy’s wind power division.
“Having our other offshore wind project, Borkum Riffgrund West 1, right next to it, there are a number of synergies for the development, construction and operation of this project.”he added.
Dong is putting pressure on suppliers to cut offshore wind costs to 100 euros per megawatt/hour for investments from 2020, from about 125 euros now.
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Presently, Dong Energy is building three offshore wind farms in the German North Sea with a combined total capacity of about 900MW.
In Germany, Dong Energy is building the 582MW Gode Wind 1 and 2, apart from Borkum Riffgrund 1.
In UK, Dong Energy has undertaken the 1200 MW Hornsea farm, which will be world’s largest.
Dong Energy has to date built 2.5GW of offshore wind with plans for 6.5GW more by 2020.
Germany is planning to install 15GW of offshore wind by 2030 as part of its renewable energy goal.