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Vattenfall and BASF place 1.6GW Vestas order for Nordlicht

RICHARD HEAP

June 17, 2024

Vattenfall and BASF have signed a conditional order to use 15MW Vestas turbines at their 1.6GW Nordlicht 1 and 2 projects in the German North Sea.

The projects are set to be located off the island of Borkumm and parts of the turbine towers will be made with low-emission steel. This firm order follows the announcement of a conditional order last Thursday (13th June). Construction on the pair is due to start in 2026, with commissioning in 2028.

Nordlicht 1 is set to be made up of 68 turbines, compared to 44 turbines for Nordlicht 2.

Catrin Jung, head of offshore wind at Vattenfall, said: “Wind energy is an essential cornerstone on the path to fossil freedom, which moves society forward. With Vestas, we now have a partner for our Nordlicht projects at our side, with whom we share the same values in terms of sustainable energy solutions.”

Horatio Evers, managing director at BASF Renewable Energy, said: “Renewable energies play a key role in our efforts to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions as soon as possible. This agreement is another important milestone in the Nordlicht 1 and 2 offshore wind projects and shows our clear commitment to the European wind power supply chain.”

Nils de Baar, president of northern and central Europe at Vestas, said: “Vattenfall, BASF and Vestas share the ambition to rapidly expand wind projects and to decarbonise the energy market in Europe, and Nordlicht will play a crucial role in delivering Germany’s energy transition targets. Vattenfall and BASF have a lot of experience in offshore wind projects, and we are looking forward to build this project together with our partners.”