Work has now officially started to construct the seven turbines comprising the “Windpark Salzgitter”. Three will be erected on the site of the integrated steelworks operated by Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, with four more on the surrounding Group premises.
The developer and operator of the park is Avacon Natur GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avacon AG. The hubs of the turbines built by Vestas will reach a height of 169 meters. They will have an overall output of around 30 MW. The cost of the project as a whole – including the construction of the wind turbines and the hydrogen plant as well as the necessary infrastructure – amounts to around 50 million euro.
The turbines are another building block in the pioneering “Salzgitter Wind Hydrogen” energy project, the purpose of which is to produce “green” hydrogen for use in steel production. Also in the course of this year, Salzgitter Flachstahl will be building a PEM Electrolysis plant to be supplied by Siemens. The hydrogen can be used in the reduction of iron ore in place of the usual carbon. It therefore plays an important role in the “SALCOS – Salzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking” concept and contributes to the goal of low-CO2 steel production.
Works in preparation for the seven turbines began back in January, starting with access roads and areas for cranes and construction machinery. The turbines are scheduled to be completed in autumn 2020. The construction site is located on Salzgitter Group premises. Access is not permitted for safety reasons.