Enbridge joins EnBW's Albatros offshore wind project

Siemens turbines at Westermost Rough wind farm. Source: Siemens AG. www.siemens.com/press

June 8 (Renewables Now) - German utility Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg AG (ETR:EBK), or EnBW, today said Canada's Enbridge Inc (TSE:ENB) has joined its 112-MW Albatros offshore wind project.

The Canadian energy infrastructure company, which earlier this year took a 49.9% stake in EnBW's 497-MW Hohe See offshore wind project, will now also acquire 49.89% in Albatros.

EnBW announced a final investment decision for Albatros in May and has said it will be built jointly with the nearby Hohe See in the German North Sea. When commissioned in 2019, the combined 610-MW complex is expected to generate enough power per year to supply around 710,000 households.   

Enbridge's participation is not surprising as it had the option to become Albatros co-investor when joining Hohe See.   

The partners have agreed to jointly oversee and finance the further realisation of the projects from construction through to commissioning. EnBW will be in charge of the operational management and maintenance of the completed wind farms under a long-term service and management contract.

Albatros will consist of 16 Siemens SWT-7.0-154 turbines. It already has binding approval for connection to the grid, EnBW noted.  

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