By DARA BUTTERFIELD
Swedish energy giant Vattenfall has announced a new organisational structure and management team – including a dedicated wind energy division focusing – in part – on UK expansion.
With around 1,000 wind turbines installed in Europe and the UK, Vattenfall is one of the biggest off shore wind developers in Europe.
It has six wind farms in operation and three under construction in the UK – including 18 Senvion-supplied turbines at its Clashindarroch wind farm near Huntly, Aberdeenshire. Vestas and Siemens also supply wind turbines to Vattenfall in the UK.
A further 13 UK wind farms are planned and – by the end of 2017 – Vattenfall will have nearly 1 gigawatt in operation, having invested around £2.5 billion since 2008.
Magnus Hall, President and Chief Executive, commented: “Vattenfall’s UK operations are making an important contribution now, and will make a growing contribution, to the low carbon objective as we strengthen the business.
“We’ve announced this new structure to support our strategy to, among other things, produce carbon emission free and carbon emission efficient electricity. As part of that restructure Vattenfall has created a dedicated Business Area Wind (led by Gunnar Groebler)which will be a cornerstone of our drive towards low emission power.”