Europe’s largest-ever tender award for offshore wind infrastructure signed in Berlin

Top representatives of TenneT, Hitachi Energy/Petrofac, GE/Sembcorp, GE/McDermott, and Siemens Energy/Dragados officially signed contracts in Berlin for Europe’s largest-ever tender award for energy transition infrastructure.

The total volume of the contracts for the components of 14 offshore grid connection systems amounts to around €30 billion, with the goal of generating as much electricity as 28 large-scale power plants in the German and Dutch North Sea.

TenneT, the leading offshore transmission system operator in the EU, has completed the process of awarding contracts for sea- and land-based converter stations for a total of 14 offshore grid connection systems. The “core components” of these systems, which involve innovative two-gigawatt technology for converting alternating current into direct current and back, will be manufactured exclusively at European production sites of the consortiums’ members in all projects.

Renewable energy supply

This milestone represents a significant step towards Europe’s goal of securing an independent supply of renewable energies and establishing the North Sea as Europe’s green power house. The project is expected to make green wind energy from the North Sea more scalable and cost-efficient, while minimizing environmental impacts. The ambitious timeline for realizing these 14 systems by 2031 demonstrates Europe’s commitment to leading the way in technology and production for the energy transition.

The collaboration between consortium partners such as Hitachi Energy, Petrofac, GE, McDermott, Siemens Energy, Dragados, and Sembcorp Marine is crucial in driving real change in the energy system and advancing the global energy transition. These partnerships enable innovative business models based on agile collaboration, standardization, and synergies between projects, which are key enablers of this change. The use of high-voltage direct current (HVDC) technology, pioneered and developed over the years, is also expected to play a crucial role in strengthening Europe’s energy security, reducing emissions, and accelerating the integration of renewables into power grids.

Sustainable energy system

While this project represents a significant milestone in Europe’s energy transition, there are potential challenges that need to be addressed. Grid expansion must keep pace with the accelerated expansion targets for renewable energies, and policy-level interventions may be required to streamline permitting processes, ensure access to raw materials and skilled labor, and further support the growth of the renewable energy sector. Despite these challenges, the signing of the contracts for Europe’s largest-ever tender award for offshore wind energy infrastructure marks a significant achievement in Europe’s journey towards a more sustainable, flexible, and secure energy system.

In conclusion, the signing of the contracts for Europe’s largest-ever tender award for offshore wind energy infrastructure in Berlin represents a major milestone in Europe’s energy transition. The ambitious project aims to generate as much electricity as 28 large-scale power plants in the German and Dutch North Sea by 2031, and will involve the manufacturing of core components exclusively at European production sites. The collaboration between consortium partners, the use of innovative business models, and the adoption of advanced technologies such as HVDC are expected to drive real change in the energy system and accelerate the global energy transition. However, challenges such as grid expansion, policy-level interventions, and streamlining of permitting processes may need to be addressed to ensure the successful realization of this project and the continued growth of renewable energies in Europe.

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