Vattenfall has acquired the Global Tech II wind farm in the German North Sea from Strabag and Etanax.

The project, which will be located about 85km north of the island of Borkum, will feature about 79 turbines in an area of 47 square kilometres.

The total capacity and the wind turbine models have not been finalised for the project, which could feature 5MW turbines.

These decisions will be taken once capacity contract through the tender process is obtained.

It is estimated that the total capacity of the project could range between 395MW and 553MW. 

The first auction would be held in March 2017 and the second auction in March 2018.

Foundation for the wind turbines is expected to be grounded with depth ranges between 37m to 39m.

The project is estimated produce enough electricity to power at least 390,000 homes and avoid an estimated amount of 790,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and 18,000 tonnes of sulphur dioxide.

Vattenfall business area wind head and senior vice president Gunnar Groebler said: “The acquisition underlines once more that our growth ambitions in wind are under full steam.

“As a company we are on a good way to reshape our generation portfolio towards more renewable energies in all our markets.”

Gunnar Groebler continued: “With Global Tech II we also send a signal that we strongly believe in the German market.

“In particular we consider the new German tender system beneficial to the development of wind as it is more cost efficient, which will also lead to further acceptance of this effective and renewable power generation.”

Image: Vattenfall acquires upcoming Global Tech II from Erste-Nordsee Offshore. Photo: Courtesy of xedos4/