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RWE and Masdar join forces to develop 3 gigawatts of offshore wind projects off the UK coast

  • Acquisition of a 49% stake in Dogger Bank South projects by Masdar successfully closed
  • Partnership unites ambition, expertise and commitment of both companies in the pursuit of net zero
  • RWE will lead project development, construction and operations on behalf of the partners

RWE and Masdar, the UAE’s clean energy powerhouse, have successfully closed their transaction announced at COP28 in Dubai last December, with Masdar now holding a 49% stake in the UK Dogger Bank South (DBS) projects. The partners will now jointly forge ahead with the delivery of these flagship projects. RWE, with a 51% stake, will lead development, construction and operation throughout the life cycle of the projects.

Markus Krebber, CEO of RWE: “We’re delighted to have completed this transaction which is of great importance for the further development of offshore wind in the UK, one of our core strategic markets. Together with Masdar we aim to deliver 3 gigawatts of new offshore wind capacity and make a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of the UK’s energy system. We are looking forward to the RWE and Masdar teams jointly taking forward these flagship projects.”

Masdar’s Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi: “The addition of the Dogger Bank South project demonstrates our commitment to developing Masdar’s offshore wind capacity and expertise as an important component in our pursuit of the target of 100 GW renewable energy portfolio capacity by 2030. We look forward to a successful collaboration with RWE over the years to come.”

Located in shallow waters in the North Sea over 100 km from the east coast of England, DBS consists of two offshore wind projects. With an estimated combined installed capacity of 3 gigawatts (GW), DBS has the potential to make a major contribution to the delivery of net zero in the UK once operational. The two projects are expected to be capable of powering up to 3 million typical UK homes with green electricity.

The next development milestone for the projects will be the submission of applications for Development Consent Orders, expected to be during the second quarter of 2024. If successful, the next steps would be to secure Contracts for Difference (CfD), followed by financing, construction and finally commissioning by 2031.

The UK plays a key role in RWE’s strategy to grow its offshore wind portfolio RWE is a leading partner in the delivery of the UK’s Net Zero ambitions and energy security, as well as in contributing to the UK build-out target for offshore wind of 50 GW by 2030. RWE already operates 10 offshore wind farms across the UK. Following completion of the acquisition of the three Norfolk offshore wind projects from Vattenfall announced at the end of 2023, RWE is developing nine offshore wind projects in the UK, representing a combined potential installed capacity of around 9.8 GW, with RWE’s pro rata share amounting to 7 GW. Furthermore, RWE is constructing the 1.4 GW Sofia offshore wind project in the North Sea off the UK’s east coast. RWE’s unparalleled track record of more than 20 years in offshore wind has resulted in 19 offshore wind farms in operation, with a goal to triple its global offshore wind capacity from 3.3 GW today to 10 GW in 2030.

Vera Bücker

RWE AG, Head of Media Relations International & Finance
M: +49 (0) 162 251 73 29
E: vera.buecker@rwe.com

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