Amprion Offshore GmbH has contracted a Siemens Energy-Dragados Offshore consortium to build high-voltage direct current (HFDC) converters for the LanWin1 and LanWin3 grid connection systems, to be commissioned two and three years earlier than planned, respectively.
The companies will build two converters each, offshore and onshore, in the 2-GW power class. The shorter timeframe is a result of pressure from the German Government to speed up the contracting process.
The record three-month process has included both tendering and award of contract, worth more than EUR 4 billion over ten years, including maintenance. LanWin1 is now due to be commissioned in 2029 instead of 2031; LanWin3 in 2030 rather than 2033.
Amprion Offshore managing director, Peter Barth, declared: “We are working at high pressure to meet the accelerated scenarios of the German Government to install 30GW of offshore wind energy by 2030. That is why we are very pleased to have won two partners in Siemens Energy and Dragados Offshore who can implement our converters quickly and reliably.”
Last summer, Amprion commissioned the German-Spanish consortium to build converters for DolWin4 and BorWin4. The companies will now advance the start-up of Borwin4 by one year to 2028.
More urgency in German offshore contract awards