TenneT proposes to speed up German offshore wind links in the North Sea
FRANKFURT, Oct. 29 (Reuters) – Power grid operator TenneT (IPO-TTH.AS) has offered to bring forward by three years the construction of German power links that could distribute six gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind power from the North Sea, he said Friday.
The proposal, just ahead of the COP26 global climate meeting in Glasgow, would require Germany to present a € 8 billion ($ 9.3 billion) plan to connect electrical capacity equivalent to that used by around seven million households by 2032 to 2035.
Tim Meyerjuergens, COO of the German branch of TenneT, told a virtual press conference that the rapidly growing offshore wind energy should be harnessed to supply emerging industries with hydrogen in the north of the Germany.
“Offshore wind is one of the biggest carriers of energy transition potential,” he said.
“With these plans, we are making a concrete offer to the government coalition currently in formation which must be integrated into the plans for extending the network at hand.”
TenneT, which operates in a regulated sector where investments are recouped through network usage charges, plans a distribution hub called LanWin, some 150 kilometers from the coast of Lower Saxony.
It will combine grid connection systems to transport electricity to three states in northern Germany: Lower Saxony, Bremen and Schleswig-Holstein.
The infrastructure will connect the end points of new point-to-point land power lines, which will be completed within the next decade, to use DC transmission over long distances.
This would not only speed up deliveries to industry in the south, but also supply the emerging green hydrogen economy in Germany, which needs huge amounts of green energy to run smelters.
Coastal sites such as Wilhelmshaven, Heide near the coast and Bremen, which lies inland but owns the Bremerhaven enclave, are considering expanding the production of hydrogen to supply steel, refineries and d ‘other sectors in carbon-free fuels, involving companies such as Uniper (UN01. DE), ArcelorMittal and Orsted (ORSTED.CO).
Germany could have 40 GW of offshore wind by 2040 compared to 7 GW currently, and even 60 GW is possible by then, said Lower Saxony Economy Minister Olaf Lies.
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Reporting by Vera Eckert Editing by Mark Potter
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