Vattenfall makes Esbjerg its logistics capital of offshore wind – opens new international central warehouse

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. 

The official inauguration on 5 October of Vattenfall’s new 2,200 sqm international warehouse at Port Esbjerg was celebrated in a red carpet ceremony with alcohol-free champagne and in a good atmosphere under the new roof.

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.

The inauguration was celebrated with speeches, ribbon cutting and applause. And according to Vattenfall’s speakers, the opening is a result of the growth in offshore wind in the North Sea and Port Esbjerg’s central location and extensive knowhow.

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.

The guests at the opening sipped alcohol-free champagne and saw the gigantic crane installed in the warehouse that can lift 130 tonnes. And the some 100 guests were taken on a guided tour of the new warehouse facility.

Among other things, they were told about the solar panels installed on the roof that will generate around half of the warehouse’s energy needs.

The ribbons gets cut to the official inauguration on 5 October of Vattenfall’s new 2,200 sqm international warehouse at Port Esbjerg.
 

Frontrunner and pioneer within offshore wind

Port Esbjerg CEO Dennis Jul Pedersen also took the stage at the inauguration.

“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,” said Dennis Jul Pedersen and recounted the various projects to the guests.

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. Just as Port Esbjerg will strive to always remain at the forefront of developments.

“We consider Vattenfall a frontrunner and a pioneer within offshore wind,” said Dennis Jul Pedersen, Port Esbjerg CEO.
 

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’s new international central warehouse has approx. 2,200 sqm indoor facilities, including 125 sqm office space. The building generates 50% of its own estimated energy consumption (roof solar panels).
 

Esbjerg is Vattenfall’s 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.

Vattenfall’s new international central warehouse at Esbjerg

  • Approx. 2,200 sqm indoor facilities, including 125 sqm office space.

  • Approx. 10,000 sqm outdoor area.

  • The building generates 50% of its own estimated energy consumption (roof solar panels).

  • Heated by air-to-water heat pumps.

  • Construction took less than a year and the project was managed by Vattenfall’s business partner, Thyborøn Invest.

Vattenfall and offshore wind 

  • Vattenfall is a European energy company with approx. 19,000 employees and is one of the leading energy companies in northern Europe.

  • Vattenfall is Denmark’s largest operator of offshore wind, currently operating approx. 1.2 GW of Denmark’s total offshore wind capacity of 2.3 GW.

  • Vattenfall operates a total installed capacity of 2.6 GW across 12 wind farms in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Denmark.

  • Vattenfall is in the process of constructing 1.8 GW of additional capacity in the Netherlands and Denmark.

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