DONG Energy, E.ON and Fred. Olsen Renewables form consortium to bid for Round 3 UK Offshore Wind Farm Programme

DONG Energy, E.ON and Fred. Olsen Renewables have today announced they have formed a consortium to bid for thousands of megawatts of offshore wind capacity in UK offshore waters.

DONG Energy, E.ON and Fred. Olsen Renewables form consortium to bid for Round 3 UK Offshore Wind Farm Programme

DONG Energy, E.ON and Fred. Olsen Renewables have today announced they have formed a consortium to bid for thousands of megawatts of offshore wind capacity in UK offshore waters.

The consortium has bid for exclusive rights on a number of zones as part of The Crown Estate’s Round 3 Offshore Wind Farm programme.

Dave Rogers, Regional Director for Renewables at E.ON, said: “In Round 3 we’ll see wind farms being built further offshore and in much more challenging environments than ever before.

That’s why we have, as a consortium, brought together companies with the financial ability and the experience of working on major on- and offshore wind projects, as well as working in difficult offshore conditions in the oil and gas industry, to make this a success.”

“Round 3 represents a challenge to both developers and the wider industry. Nothing on this scale has been done before,” said Niels Bergh-Hansen, Executive VP of DONG Energy.

“Significant investments in the supply chain will be required and new and innovative solutions will need to be found.
The consortium partners have proven track records of offshore wind project delivery and are taking an active part in related R&D activities which give evidence that the consortium can meet these challenges.”

Nick Emery, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Renewables UK, said: “While Round 3 will be key to the UK in delivering its 2020 renewable targets it will, at the same time, provide an opportunity to develop a new and sustanable industry.”

The consortium members have been involved in over 60% of the existing operational offshore wind farms around the world and are currently building five offshore wind farms with a capacity of 800MW.

The three companies have worked together on renewable and offshore wind projects dating back to the 1990s and have contractual commitments extending beyond 2020.


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Notes to editors:

About DONG Energy:
DONG Energy is one of Northern Europe’s leading energy groups. Headquartered in Denmark, our business is based on procuring, producing, distributing, trading and selling energy and related products in Northern Europe. The company delivered revenues of DKK 41.6 billion in 2007 (approx. EUR 5.6 billion or USD 8.3 billion). DONG Energy has more than 5,000 employees.
The renewables business of DONG Energy is one of the company’s major growth areas with planned substantial investments in new offshore and onshore wind energy developments over the coming years. The growth strategy is backed by a strong in-house team of wind power developers, engineers, project managers and O&M staff presently counting more than 200 dedicated wind specialists.
For further information, see www.dongenergy.com.

About E.ON:
E.ON is one of the UK’s leading power and gas companies – generating and distributing electricity, and retailing power and gas – and is part of the E.ON group, the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas company. We employ around 17,000 people in the UK.
We’re one of the leading renewable generators in the UK, with 21 wind farms located from Cornwall to Northern Ireland. Combined, our renewable portfolio generates enough green energy to power the homes in a city the size of Manchester.
Our renewable development portfolio could, if built, power over a million homes and displace the emission of almost two million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
Worldwide we’re investing €6 billion from 2007 to 2010 in our dedicated renewables and carbon sourcing business, E.ON Climate & Renewables.
For further information, see www.eon-uk.com.

About Fred. Olsen Renewables:
Fred. Olsen Renewables are wholly owned by the listed Norwegian holding companies Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA . Fred. Olsen Renewables is one of the United Kingdoms’ largest generators of pure renewable power with an installed capacity of around 178MW in operation, 138MW under construction and a significant pipeline under development. The company is active in the UK, Irish, Norwegian, Swedish and Canadian wind power markets.

For further information, see www.fredolsen-renewables.com.


For more information contact:
Andreas Krog, DONG Energy, on +45 9955 2023
Jonathan Smith, E.ON, on +44 (0)24 7618 3676
Nick Emery, MD Fred Olsen Renewables UK, on +44 (0)207 828 4300 or
Torger Lien, CEO Fred. Olsen Renewables AS, on +47 91888112