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Christmas comes early for EnBW

Utility takes control of 316MW Albatros, scores grid for 450MW Hohe See

Christmas comes early for EnBW image

EnBW has secured grid connections for 766MW of offshore wind projects in the German North Sea, including the 316MW Albatros which it has acquired from Strabag.

A Dusseldorf court ruled on Thursday that federal network agency BNA should provide links for Albatros as well as EnBW's advanced-stage 450MW Hohe See.

The utility developer had challenged a decision that only one of the projects should be given grid access following a competitive auction.

Details and timings of the connection in so-called Cluster 8 will be revealed in the first quarter of 2015.

EnBW quietly secured the rights to Albatros ahead of the court case. It said a proposed auction between the two consented projects would have jeopardised long-standing investments.

BNA is now expected to confirm a wider 1.5GW grid capacity allocation to other projects. The agency had suspended the process due to the lawsuit.

EnBW requested that a regional court in Dusseldorf consider whether BNA was within its rights when ditching the proposed BorWin4 hub, sparking an auction between Hohe See and Albatros for limited capacity on BorWin3.

Image: EnBW owns the operational Baltic 1 wind farm off Germany (Siemens)

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