E.ON is leading the European offshore business according to new statistics.
The European Wind Energy Association found 118 new offshore wind turbines with a capacity of 333 megawatts were connected to the grid in the first half of this year.
Some 64%of all new capacity was developed by E.ON Climate & Renewables, while other major developers Dong and Vattenfall were responsible for 21% and 11%respectively.
In the first half of this year, two of E.ON’s offshore wind farms became fully operational: Robin Rigg, one of the UK’s largest offshore wind farms with a total capacity of180 megawatts, and Alpha Ventus in Germany, the world’s first far shore, deepwater wind farm.
Last week E.ON also announced that it had erected 90 turbines at Rödsand II, a 207 megawatt offshore farm between Denmark and Germany in the Baltic Sea.
E.ON is also constructing the London Array, which with capacity of 1 gigawatt when fully completed will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Since 2001, E.ON has invested more than €1bn for offshore projects and will further expand its capacity with a project pipeline of more than 4 gigawatts.
E.ON Climate & Renewables chief executive Frank Mastiaux said: “I’m proud that E.ON is able to make such a significant contribution to the growth of Europe’s offshore wind sector.
“We are dedicated to bring in all of E.ON’s technical and financial skills to deliver large scale and high quality projects in what is still a young and extremely challenging offshore business. I think the figures published by EWEA clearly demonstrate our respective commitment.”