Norway’s Equinor and Germany’s EnBW are partnering to expand further into the offshore wind market by exploring offshore wind opportunities in Germany, Equinor said in a Feb. 17 press release. 

“Together we combine excellent capability in delivering renewables projects specifically in Germany with international offshore experience, all needed to provide sustainable, reliable and affordable energy,” said Jens Økland, senior vice president for business development renewables at Equinor.

EnBW has allocated 4 billion euros to expand its renewables portfolio, particularly in wind and solar energy, and plans to have installed renewable energy capacity account for 50% of the company’s generating portfolio by 2025.

Equinor plans to increase its renewables capacity to 12 gigawatts (GW) to 16 GW by 2030. Adding further offshore developments in Germany to current offshore wind farms in operation and development stages in the North Sea and Baltic Sea (Germany, the U.K., Poland and Norway) will help to realize the company’s energy transition plans. 

Germany’s largest offshore wind project, EnBW Hohe See and Albatros, was commissioned by EnBW in January 2020 and has a combined capacity of 609 megawatts (MW). 

“EnBW is among today’s leaders in offshore wind in Germany,” said Michael Class, head of portfolio development renewables at EnBW. “In partnership with Equinor, a global offshore wind major, we will continue to significantly contribute to a climate-friendly energy future in Germany and Europe.”