E.On’s offshore wind farm Amrumbank West has been officially put into operation.
During an event at the harbor museum in Hamburg, E.On CEO Johannes Teyssen, Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz, the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Uwe Beckmeyer, the Mayor of Helgoland Jàƒ¶rg Singer and Project Manager Dominik Schwegmann symbolically started power generation at sea.
The offshore wind farm Amrumbank West is situated 35 kilometers north of Helgoland. It has an installed capacity of 302 MW and can supply about 300,000 households with renewable energy while helping to reduce carbon emissions by more than 740,000 metric tons. E.On is investing a total of $1.12 billion in the project.
Renewables are one of the pillars of new E.On’s strategy. The other two future business areas are energy networks and customer solutions. At the beginning of the year E.On spun off its conventional energy assets, most notably conventional power plants and global energy trading into a separate company called Uniper.
Johannes Teyssen called for the continued expansion of offshore wind. “Every energy has its time, and the time for expanding offshore wind is definitely now. Offshore will be needed if we want to achieve the targets of the energy transition.” Teyssen added that E.On would remain committed to this field of business, focusing in particular on cutting the cost of renewable energy generation.
Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz said: “Amrumbank West is another lighthouse project for wind power at sea, which must be followed by further offshore wind projects to make sure the energy industry and industrial policy potential of offshore wind is not left untapped. Hamburg and the federal states of northern Germany support plans to push ahead with the network infrastructure and the construction of further wind farms. Clean power is needed all over Germany and green electricity from the North Sea gives the German energy transition the necessary support.”
State Secretary Uwe Beckmeyer referred to the commercial benefits: “Reliability and a continuous expansion are the cornerstones of the successful development of offshore wind energy. With its wind farm Amrumbank West E.On is making an important contribution in this sector. The project builds on previous offshore experience and demonstrates that the northern German cluster offers many competitive advantages: the geographical proximity of the companies involved in the project, networking opportunities and collaboration over longer periods. This offers a tremendous learning environment and it creates value and jobs along the coast and far beyond.”