Vattenfall has unveiled plans to build a warehouse at the port of Esbjerg in Denmark. The facility will serve wind farm projects in the UK, Scandinavia and Northern Europe.
The facility will consist of a 2,100 sq m indoor warehouse and an 8,200 sq m outdoor storage facility, Vattenfall said. Thyborøn Invest will be constructing the building. The company will own the facility and let it out to Vattenfall.
The purpose of the central warehouse is to stock critical main components of wind turbines, such as gearboxes, generators, transformers, shafts and blades as well as the main components necessary for bringing the electricity on shore, such as array cables and switchgear. The warehouse will be a supplement to the dedicated warehouses that will still serve the individual wind farms.
Pia Bonding, head of integrated operations at Vattenfall, said: “It is from this central warehouse facility in Esbjerg that the major part of Vattenfall’s wind farms in Northern Europe will be supplied with spare parts.
“The port of Esbjerg is the ideal place for us to build such a warehouse due to its central location in Northern Europe and the professional way the port is operated. It will provide economies of scale compared to having vital main components stored at several smaller locations, and it is a central part of our ambition to see growth in wind farms across Northern Europe,” Bonding added.
The construction work will begin at the end of June this year and is expected to be completed ten months later. After that, the warehouse will be stocked and made ready for operation in June 2022.