The Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) met State Secretary Andreas Bjelland Eriksen (Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy) to develop the Norwegian-German cooperation on energy end green industry.
EnBW has invested heavily in renewable energy since 2013 and is today one of the largest developers of fixed offshore wind in Europe. In Norway, EnBW are participating in this year’s area allocation on “Sørlige Nordsjø II” (SNII) as part of the Norseman consortium and will also consider future rounds to realize Norway’s ambitions of 30 GW offshore wind power by 2040.
A bridge builder for the Norwegian industry
“We want to be a constructive partner for Norway with a special focus on renewable energy and green industrial development. To that end, we intend to use our experience from fixed offshore wind projects to develop good and innovative solutions for SNII. We have also established our Norwegian head office in Kristiansand as we believe Agder is perfectly located with the SNII and the Norwegian offshore wind plans. Furthermore, we have a clear ambition to take our Norwegian suppliers with us on other projects in Europe”, says Michael Class, Executive Vice President of Power Generation Portfolio Development at EnBW.
A door opener for Norwegian companies
EnBW has already started a collaboration with Equinor on a joint deployment of offshore wind in Germany, which will benefit Equinor, EnBW and the Norwegian supplier industry. In March, Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund bought a share in the He Dreiht offshore wind project from EnBW. He Dreiht is an ongoing development project of 960 MW where EnBW is the operator. “It is very exciting to have NBIM join us on the ownership side because we need a strong, long-term, and professional capital player to succeed with Europe’s Green Deal”, says Class.
EnBW is actively working on a green ammonia value chain between Norway and Germany and are in touch with norwegian companies and also in advanced negotiation with Skipavika Green Ammonia in Western Norway (SkiGA AS). EnBW will be moving forward to increase its involvement in Norway and want to be a partner for Norwegian authorities and industry.
“We are honoured for the opportunity to exchange ideas on how we can best support the Norwegian-German agreement on energy and industry with the Ministries and look forward to further strengthening our cooperation”, says Class.