Steelwind Nordenham producing monopiles for EnBW He Dreiht offshore wind farm
15 June 2022
On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG and Steelwind Nordenham GmbH signed an agreement for the manufacture and delivery of steel monopile foundations for the He Dreiht offshore wind farm.
Steelwind will supply 64 monopiles for the North Sea wind farm, each with a length of approximately 70 meters, a diameter of 9.2 meters and a weight of up to 1,300 tons per monopile. Production is scheduled to start in August 2023. The high-performance plate that will be used here will come from Steelwind’s parent company Dillinger, Europe's leading manufacturer of heavy plate. This plate has been specially developed for use in the offshore wind sector and is known for its superior quality, even under harsh conditions at sea.
Dr. Andreas Liessem, Managing Director of Steelwind, views the customer order as a vote of confidence in the company's outstanding quality and expertise: “The team at Steelwind Nordenham is delighted with the decision by EnBW that enables us to contribute to the success of the He Dreiht project by supplying the 64 monopiles. We see this contract award as another milestone in Steelwind’s development into the leading supplier of heavy monopiles for the offshore wind industry.”
“We are happy to have a very experienced supplier for the monopiles on board with Steelwind,” said Jörn Däinghaus, Project Manager Offshore Wind at EnBW. “I am especially pleased about the local added value created through having the production in Lower Saxony. This clearly shows that the energy transition is also helping to preserve jobs in Germany.”
Offshore wind farms are contributing significantly to the energy transition and to achieving EU climate protection targets. They can produce cheap green power that is generated comparatively continuously. Steelwind has been contributing to the energy transition since 2014 by specializing in monopile production.
About He Dreiht
He Dreiht is one of the largest offshore projects in Europe. The wind farm is located in the North Sea, 85 km north of Borkum and 110 km west of Helgoland. Construction is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2024 and He Dreiht will begin operating in 2025 with a grid connection capacity of of 900 MW. The electricity generated can supply around 1 million households. The wind farm will be one of the first in the world to operate without government subsidies.
About EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
With over 26,000 employees, EnBW is one of the largest energy companies in Germany and Europe. It supplies around 5.5 million customers with electricity, gas and water, as well as products and services in the areas of infrastructure and energy. Development of renewable energies is a cornerstone of the growth strategy and a focus of investment. EnBW will invest around EUR 4 billion in further expanding wind and solar energy by 2025. By the end of 2025, more than half of the energy production portfolio is expected to be renewable. This is already having a noticeable impact on cutting carbon emissions, which EnBW aims to halve by 2030. Thegrowth of renewables is also a key component of EnBW’s sustainability agenda as the company moves to climate neutrality by 2035. www.enbw.com
About Steelwind Nordenham GmbH
Steelwind Nordenham GmbH is a Dillinger Group company located in Nordenham. The company began manufacturing monopiles and transition pieces in 2014, and now also produces single-piece monopile foundations with unit weights of up to 2,400 tons. The single-piece monopile replaces the previous design with a separate monopile and transition piece by integrating certain parts of the transition piece into the monopile. The monopile can then be up to 120 meters long. The steel for the monopiles comes from Dillinger, Europe's leading heavy plate manufacturer, located in Saarland. SWN currently employs 275 people. More information can be found at www.steelwind-nordenham.de.