Vattenfall opens offshore wind dedicated warehouse in Port Esbjerg

Vattenfall opens offshore wind dedicated warehouse in Port Esbjerg

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Vattenfall is significantly expanding its presence in Esbjerg with the opening of its new international central warehouse to serve not only Danish, but also Dutch and British wind farms. Vattenfall calls Esbjerg its ‘logistics capital’, and more expansions are in the pipeline.

With the location of the new central warehouse, Esbjerg is now officially Vattenfall’s logistics capital of offshore wind.

“Against a dismal backdrop, the current energy crisis underscores the crucial importance of having a stable, fossil-free energy supply in Europe. It is important to Vattenfall that our supply chains are efficient so that repairs can be carried out as quickly as possible. We are therefore pleased to open our new international central warehouse at Esbjerg,” says Erik Hiensch, director of O&M Delivery at Vattenfall.

Vattenfall’s warehouse at Esbjerg is to ensure fast delivery of main components and cables to the energy company’s offshore wind farms when required.

Frontrunner and pioneer within offshore wind

Speaking during the inauguration, Port Esbjerg CEO Dennis Jul Pedersen said, “We consider Vattenfall a frontrunner and a pioneer within offshore wind. This is evidenced by Vattenfall’s track record with Port Esbjerg as its maritime hub.”

Vattenfall constructed Horns Rev 1 in 2002 with 80 wind turbines and an installed capacity of 158 MW, Dan Tysk from 2014 also with 80 wind turbines and a capacity of 288 MW, Sandbank with 72 wind turbines and a capacity of 288 MW from 2017, and Horns Rev 3 with 49 wind turbines and a capacity of 407 MW from 2019.

All in all, 281 wind turbines and a capacity of 1,141 MW installed and shipped from Esbjerg.

Most recently, Vattenfall has launched projects in the Netherlands and Germany, with which Port Esbjerg hopes to assist.

“Vattenfall has played an active role in driving the technology forward and developing the entire industry. From the first wind turbines with 39-metre blades to the latest models with blades measuring 82 metres. As a consequence of this development, we have also had to double our capacity and expand the port and, for example, double the size of our cranes,” said Dennis Jul Pedersen.

He added that the development process does not end here and that Vattenfall will continue to be a part of it and be at the forefront in terms of capacity and equipment thanks to the opening of the central warehouse.

Affordable energy prices and positive climate impact

Altogether, Port Esbjerg has been involved in the installation of 59 offshore wind farms, totalling over 23.5 GW. A total of 4,200 wind turbines.

“Vattenfall and we share a common goal of generating sustainable energy at affordable prices and reducing the negative climate impact. We are also inviting Vattenfall to provide input on how we can develop the port and work together towards new heights,” said Dennis Jul Pedersen.

Vattenfall operates a total of 12 offshore wind farms in northern Europe with a total installed capacity of 2.6 GW of fossil-free electricity equivalent to the annual consumption of 2.6 million European households. In addition, Vattenfall is in the process of constructing offshore wind farms in the Netherlands and in Denmark with a combined capacity of 1.8 GW, and the energy company is participating in various tenders and development projects in the region.

Vattenfall makes Port Esbjerg its logistics capital of offshore wind

Vattenfall’s Control and Surveillance Center is already located at Esbjerg, and the energy company monitors and controls its overall portfolio of wind turbines across all countries from this location.

“The addition of the international central warehouse in the city underpins Port Esbjerg’s position as a strategic hub for offshore wind in the region. That way, you could say that Esbjerg is Vattenfall’s logistics capital of offshore wind,” says Erik Hiensch.

Vattenfall’s new international central warehouse facilities cover a 2,200 sqm indoor warehouse and an outdoor storage facility of approx. 10,000 sqm. The warehouse will be used for large main components such as cables, blades, cable reels and generators.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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