EWE, Trianel Reach Preliminary Investment Decision for TWB II

EWE AG and Trianel have made a preliminary investment decision and agreed to jointly bring the Trianel Wind Farm Borkum II (TWB II) offshore wind farm to realisation with each having a 37.5% stake in the project. 

Illustration; Image: Trianel

For the remaining 25% of the project, talks are currently being held with interested third-party investors before the final investment decision, planned to be reached in the first half of 2017.

The construction of TWB II is scheduled to start in early 2018 and the wind farm is expected be connected to the grid by the end of 2019.

“TWB II is one of the last offshore projects to be implemented before the new auction procedures for offshore wind”, said Klaus Horstick, Commercial Director of Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II GmbH & Co. KG.

In 2015, EWE and Trianel set up the a joint venture to develop the offshore wind farm together.

In September 2016, Senvion signed a conditional contract to deliver 32 of its 6.2M152 offshore wind turbines and accompanying services for Trianel Windpark Borkum II.

Last month, Seaway Heavy Lifting was awarded an EPCI contract for the TWB II wind turbine foundations, comprising of monopiles and transition pieces, and Siem Offshore Contractors won a contract for a turnkey supply and installation of the inter-array grid cable system.

“With the conditional supply and service contracts for the wind turbines, foundations and inter-array cabling, we have achieved important milestones and set the wind farm layout,” said Irina Lucke, technical manager at the joint venture.

The TWB II offshore wind farm is located approximately 40 kilometres north of the island of Borkum, within the German Bight sector of the North Sea. After the planned completion in autumn 2019, the offshore wind farm will have an installed capacity of approximately 203MW.

In mid-July 2015, the first phase of Trianel Windpark Borkum with a capacity of 200MW became fully operational.