E.ON has officially begun operating the Amrumbank West offshore wind farm in the North Sea. During a ceremony in the Hafenmuseum Hamburg, Johannes Thyssen, CEO of E.ON, Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Economics and Energy, Jörg Singer, Helgoland’s Mayor, and Dominik Schwegmann, Project Manager, symbolically put the wind farm, 35 kilometres north of Helgoland, online Thursday.
The wind farm with an installed capacity of 302 MW can supply approximately 300,000 households with renewable energy and save over 740,000 tons of CO2 in the process. E.ON says the sum invested comes to around EUR 1 billion.
Necessary back up for energy transition
“Amrumbank West is another beacon in the expansion of offshore wind energy. More must follow so that the energy economic and industrial political potential of offshore wind energy does not go unused,” said Scholz. Hamburg and north German states are committed to expanding the network’s infrastructure and promoting the construction of wind farms. “Clean energy is needed throughout Germany and ecological electricity in the North Sea gives the energy transition the required backup,” he added.
Further developing offshore wind energy
“Reliability and continual expansion are the pillars of successfully developing offshore wind energy. E.ON is making an important contribution with the Amrumbank West wind farm,” said Beckmeyer. The project links up to earlier experiences in the offshore sector and proves that the north German cluster offers many competitive benefits such as the geographical proximity to involved companies, work in the network and co-operation over longer time periods.