11/07/2014STEAG expands: 43 MW wind energy from Brandenburg

Official commissioning of the Ullersdorf wind farm / More wind projects under construction in Germany and abroad


Joachim Rumstadt, Chairman of the Board of Management of STEAG GmbH, and Dr. Stephan Nahrath, Speaker of the Board of Management of STEAG New Energies GmbH, at the official commissioning of the Ullersdorf wind farm.

Essen. Saarbrücken. Ullersdorf. The expansion of renewables at STEAG has reached a further milestone: With the official commissioning of the Ullersdorf wind farm, the Essen-based energy company has now connected a further 43.2 MW of wind power capacity to the electricity grid. With an investment volume of around 81 million euros, it is also the largest investment project to be implemented by the Saarbrücken subsidiary STEAG New Energies since the construction of the blast furnace gas power plant in Dillingen in 2009.

In his speech at the commissioning, Joachim Rumstadt, Chairman of the Board of Management of STEAG GmbH, emphasized the strategic importance of the project: “With this wind farm, we are coming much closer to our target of significantly increasing the share of renewables in the STEAG generation portfolio.” Rumstadt also drew attention to the importance of thermal power plants and the necessary interplay between renewable and conventional energy sources in achieving economical, environmentally sound and secure energy supplies.

 

Green energy at STEAG: Success with local and international projects

STEAG New Energies has been working in Brandenburg since 1991 with a district heating system in Fürstenwalde, and also operates a biogas facility in Karstädt.

Now that the wind farm in Ullersdorf has come on line, the Saarbrücken-based subsidiary of STEAG currently operates a total of nine wind farms in Germany, France and Poland, with a total capacity of just under 120 megawatts.

On the international scene, too, the Essen-based parent company STEAG GmbH has reached important milestones in the expansion of its wind power activities this year. In the middle of the year, the 108 MW wind farm ‘Crucea North’ in Romania was for the first time connected to the 400 kV high voltage grid. Furthermore, the energy company in Essen has also reported financial closing and the start of construction for a wind farm with a capacity of 66 MW in Süloglu, north-west Turkey.

Impressive dimensions on show during commissioning

During the official commissioning on Friday and an Open Day on Saturday, politicians, journalists and interested members of the public were able to go on a journey through the wind farm, starting their tour with tickets in the form of a boarding pass. The dimensions of the individual wind turbines are impressive: The 18 wind turbines of type Nordex N117/2400 have a hub height of 141 meters, a rotor diameter of 117 meters and an output of 2.4 megawatts each. With average wind conditions, around 116,000 megawatt hours of electricity are to be fed into the public grid each year.

While this was primarily of interest to the adults, the younger visitors had more fun with the variety of background attractions: a wheel of fortune, climbing hill, goal wall shooting and a children’s play corner.

Thomas Billotet, member of the Board of Management of STEAG New Energies, summarizes the successful conclusion of the project as follows: “We are pleased that so many local residents accepted the invitation to celebrate the commissioning with us. We were on schedule from design to completion – and even managed to finish slightly ahead of plan. That certainly deserves a celebration, together with our friends and neighbors.”


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