Germany's draft law impacts Borkum West 2 transformer station

Early installation would be 'economic nonsense', says project's MD

Municipal energy company Trianel has warned that the German government's draft law that aims to address the risks of offshore transmission cables could have a negative impact on the transformer station for its Borkum wind farm.

Under the new legislation, a wind farm would only be eligible for damages arising from lost electricity generation due to grid connection delays if the project's own transformer station was fully installed.

"If this concrete situation arose, this means the transformer station for Trianel's Borkum wind farm would have to be supplied with electricity throughout the winter using a diesel generator. This is not only economic nonsense, but also ecologically doubtful," said Klaus Horstick, managing director of the wind farm.

Just like wind turbines, a transformer station needs a power source for acclimatisation, warning signals and

communication equipment, the company pointed out.

Trianel also complained that the draft law would restrict the wind farm operator's rights to take legal action against the transmission system operator in demanding damages.

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