Vattenfall will exercise its legal entry right for an almost gigawatt-scale offshore wind zone in the German North Sea, snatching the area away from rival utility RWE that won it in a tender with a zero-subsidy bid.

German grids agency BNetzA earlier on Wednesday said RWE Renewables had won the auction for the 980MW N-7.2 zone located at some 85km northwest of the East Frisian Islands.

But as Vattenfall through its project companies Vattenfall Atlantis 1 and Global Tech 2 Offshore Wind (bought by Vattenfall in 2016) had pre-developed the area, the Swedish utility has been granted pre-entry rights it would need to exercise until the end of October 2022.