Dong, E.ON, Strabag survey pact

Danish and German utilities Dong Energy and E.ON, and Austrian construction firm Strabag have joined forces to carry out environmental surveys in a large area north of Germany’s East Frisian islands in the North Sea to save costs across various offshore wind projects.

The joint venture, called Umweltuntersuchung Nördlich Borkum, or UMBO, will conduct a seven-year-long research project in a 4,300 square kilometre area in which all three companies are planning, developing or building offshore wind projects that require environmental impact studies before and during construction as well as during operation.

“This joint venture will bring us closer to the goal to lower construction and operation costs of offshore wind,” says Trine Borum Bojsen, Dong Energy’s managing director for offshore in Germany.

“This joint approach will lower the respective costs for environmental studies per project by up to 50%.”

UMBO will build up a comprehensive data base for an extensive analysis of the effects of offshore wind on the marine environment. As well as the three companies in the JV, others developing or building wind parks in the area will be able to access the research data.