Ørsted and Google ink power agreement for German wind farm


Ørsted has announced that it has signed a 12-year corporate power purchase agreement (CPPA) with Google, under which Google will offtake 50 MW of Ørsted’s planned 900 MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 wind farm in the German North Sea.

Borkum Riffgrund 3 is among the world’s first large-scale offshore wind farms to be awarded with a zero bid and is expected to go into full commercial operation in 2025. As the project was awarded without government subsidies, the CPPA with Google will contribute to providing revenue certainty for Ørsted and help mature Borkum Riffgrund 3 towards a final investment decision, which is expected by the end of 2021.

The CPPA with Ørsted will contribute to Google’s commitment of operating all their data centres, cloud regions and campuses on 24/7 carbon free energy by 2030.

Rasmus Errboe, Head of Region Continental Europe at Ørsted, said: “We commend Google for their leading role in fighting climate change by investing in additional renewable energy, and we’re proud to contribute to their ambitious climate targets. Ørsted is continuously proving that we can support corporations across sectors and technologies with clean energy solutions. This CPPA demonstrates that offshore wind plays a critical role in enabling a 24/7 carbon-free energy solution in Europe.”

Amanda Peterson Corio, Head of Data Center Energy Development at Google, said: “We are delighted to partner with Ørsted on this project that will help Google achieve its 24/7 carbon-free goal in Germany. We share Ørsted’s commitment for a carbon-free future, and are optimistic about the important role offshore wind can play in enabling other entities to join the 24/7 carbon-free movement.”

Borkum Riffgrund 3 will be Ørsted's largest offshore wind farm in Germany to date. With an export capacity of 900 megawatts, it will also be the largest offshore wind farm in Germany. It will feature 83 Siemens turbines with a nominal output of 11 MW and a rotor diameter of 200 meters. It will cover an area of ​​around 75 km², around 72 km off the Lower Saxony coast and 53 kilometers off the island of Borkum. Ørsted sold a 50% stake in the project to investor Glennmont Partners.

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Borkum Riffgrund 3 is to be implemented in parallel with the Gode Wind 3 project and will go into full commercial operation in 2025. Gode Wind 3 is expected to start operating as early as 2024. The operational management of both wind farms will be carried out from the company's location in Norden-Norddeich in East Frisia. A final investment decision by Ørsted for both projects is still pending and is expected for the end of 2021.

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