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Vestas secures a 105 MW order with LEAG in former coal mining area in Germany

News release from Vestas Northern and Central Europe, LEAG and EP Corporate Group
Hamburg, 28 June 2024

Vestas and LEAG have agreed on a 105 MW order for the wind energy project 'Forst-Briesnig II’, in Lausitz region, Germany. Vestas will deliver 17 V162-6.2 MW wind turbines, and the order includes supply, delivery, and commissioning of the turbines. Upon completion, the turbines will be serviced by Vestas under a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement to ensure optimal performance and longevity of the assets.

The wind project, which is being constructed on former brown coal mining area, is the first for LEAG. It was developed by LEAG Renewables GmbH, a subsidiary of LEAG, which specialises in the development and implementation of renewable energy projects. The project is a milestone for the site’s transformation to a renewable industrial and energy landscape in the Lausitz region and is part of a greater energy transition project – the GigawattFactory.

"We are delighted to have reached this significant agreement, with one of the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturers", says Dominique Guillou, CEO of LEAG Renewables GmbH. "Securing historically the second-largest building permit for an onshore wind farm in Germany and now finalizing this contract are key milestones for the successful realization of the Forst-Briesnig II wind farm."

"Forst Briesnig 2 is a lighthouse onshore wind project and with its location in a former mining area, it is a great example of the transformation from fossils to renewables in the German energy system “, says Jens Kück, Senior Vice President Sales Onshore of Vestas Northern and Central Europe. “We are excited to support LEAG in their transformation journey and engage in this significant project as it showcases our strong ability to provide the right solutions to technically complex projects.”

“Partnering with Vestas for our first wind project is another crucial step towards realising our GigawattFactory. With the strength of LEAG Renewables as our new centre of competence for renewable energy, together with experienced partners like Vestas, LEAG will build one of the largest onshore renewable energy networks in Germany, establishing the Lausitz region as a pioneer in the energy transition in Europe”, says Thorsten Kramer, CEO of LEAG.

"We are proud to invest in this transformative project, which represents another significant step forward in our commitment to renewable energy and sustainable power generation," says Tomáš David, senior executive responsible for renewable energy at EP Corporate Group, the controlling shareholder of EP Energy Transition, the majority owner of LEAG. "This project is a crucial element of our broader strategy to transition from conventional to sustainable power generation, positioning us at the forefront of the energy transition in Germany."

Turbine delivery is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2025 with commissioning scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2026.

For more information, please contact:
Yannick Kramm
External Communications Specialist, Vestas Northern & Central Europe 
Tel: +44 (0)77 9528 4694

Alexandra Bakir, LEAG
Head of Corporate Affairs
Tel: +49 173  7308224

Margarita Schulz, LEAG Renewables GmbH
Head of Communications
Tel +49 30 767584572

About Vestas
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service onshore and offshore wind turbines across the globe, and with more than 179 GW of wind turbines in 88 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else. Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled more than 149 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Together with our customers, Vestas’ more than 30,000 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future.

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About LEAG
Germany's second-largest electricity producer and one of the largest private employers in Eastern Germany is advancing the development of a GigawattFactory based on renewable electricity generation. The goal is to make up to 7 gigawatts of green power generation available by 2030 and up to 14 gigawatts by 2040. Investments in the expansion of storage capacities, the development of hydrogen-compatible power plants, and energy generation from biomass are central components of the transformation from a conventional energy supplier to a diversified energy transition company.

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EP Corporate Group is one of the leading private industrial groups and a long-term investor in Europe, founded on energy and infrastructure and later diversified into other sectors including food wholesale, food and other consumer retail, logistics, media, and e-commerce. Companies in which EP Corporate Group is the controlling shareholder or exercises the majority of voting rights have revenues of around €100bn and annual EBITDA of €8bn. Across Europe, EP Corporate Group operates vital energy and infrastructure assets including gas pipelines and gas storage facilities, power plants and electricity networks.

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