Dirk Röse

Ampri­on and Klasmann-Deilmann work tog­e­ther to expand power grid

Expan­si­on of Germany’s power grid is pro­gres­sing well. The aim is to con­vey more and more wind-gene­ra­ted electri­ci­ty from the north to the south of the coun­try. And several of the grid expan­si­on pro­jects are being imple­men­ted con­cur­r­ent­ly in the Ems­land regi­on. One of the­se is ‘A‑Nord’, a direct-cur­rent con­nec­tion. In order to speed up this expan­si­on, while kee­ping the impact on natu­re and the coun­try­si­de as low as pos­si­ble, the Klasmann-Deilmann Group and trans­mis­si­on sys­tem ope­ra­tor Ampri­on have agreed to a selec­ti­ve-coope­ra­ti­on arrangement.

The expan­si­on and modi­fi­ca­ti­on of power grids is very much chan­ging the pic­tu­re in terms of ener­gy infra­st­ruc­tu­re. Old lines are being repla­ced by new, more effi­ci­ent ones, or com­ple­te­ly new lines are being crea­ted in order to con­vey the ever-incre­a­sing quan­ti­ties of wind-gene­ra­ted power to sou­thern Ger­ma­ny. One of the­se new lines is ‘A‑Nord’, a direct-cur­rent con­nec­tion that will run bet­ween Emden and the Rhi­ne­land region.

The lay­ing of the under­ground power cable net­work will be accom­pa­nied by com­pen­sa­to­ry mea­su­res. For examp­le, if A‑Nord’s rou­te pas­ses through wood­land, this inter­ven­ti­on will be off­set by equi­va­lent affore­sta­ti­on else­whe­re. The sta­tu­to­ri­ly defi­ned com­pen­sa­to­ry actions are, in par­ti­cu­lar, aimed at far­mers who might lose valu­able land.

To coun­ter­act this and avoid delays in expan­ding the grid, Dort­mund-based trans­mis­si­on sys­tem ope­ra­tor Ampri­on will acqui­re Eco­points from Ems­land-based gro­wing-media pro­du­cer Klasmann-Deilmann. Ampri­on can use the­se credits as a com­pen­sa­ti­on for ongo­ing grid expan­si­on pro­jects. “In this way, we are deli­vering on our pro­mi­se to mini­mi­se the amount of land ren­de­red unavail­ab­le for acti­ve far­ming,” exp­lains Klaus Wewe­ring, pro­ject mana­ger for the A‑Nord direct-cur­rent con­nec­tion. He also belie­ves this will have con­si­derable bene­fits with regard to the project’s own goals: “We can now spe­ci­fi­cal­ly address the important com­pen­sa­to­ry mea­su­res and hope­ful­ly imple­ment our A‑Nord pro­ject more rapidly.”

From Klasmann-Deilmann’s per­spec­ti­ve, this agree­ment sup­ports the objec­ti­ve of a tran­si­ti­on to envi­ron­ment­al­ly friend­ly ener­gy. “Our Eco­points are ear­ned from regio­nal peat­land res­to­ra­ti­on mea­su­res,” says Moritz Böcking, mana­ging direc­tor of the Klasmann-Deilmann Group. “They are now dri­ving for­ward the incre­a­sed use of green electri­ci­ty while, at the same time, pre­ven­ting land being lost in Ems­land. In this way, Klasmann-Deilmann is hel­ping to make sure grid expan­si­on in Ems­land is a win-win situa­ti­on at all levels.”


Coope­ra­ting on soil protection

And the­re is ano­t­her issue on which Klasmann-Deilmann and Ampri­on wish to remain in con­ta­ct: soil pro­tec­tion. “Our expe­ri­ence with soils influ­en­ced by peat and peat­land in the Ems­land regi­on will be hel­pful in terms of plan­ning the under­ground power cable net­work,” says Moritz Böcking. “We know the value of the land here, we’re fami­li­ar with the spe­ci­fic con­di­ti­ons of local soils, and we’re keen to play an acti­ve part in this major pro­ject.” Klaus Wewe­ring adds: “This means that, as soon as the soils here in Ems­land beco­me rele­vant to the pro­ject, we can make use of valu­able exper­ti­se spe­ci­fic to this region.”

The A‑Nord direct-cur­rent con­nec­tion is inten­ded to con­vey wind ener­gy – most of it gene­ra­ted at sea – to wes­tern and sou­thern Ger­ma­ny. This under­ground power cable net­work is capa­ble of trans­mit­ting an out­put of two giga­watts: enough to meet the needs of a lar­ge city like Colo­gne twice over.

For fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on on the pro­ject, and maps of the rou­tes, visit www.a‑ (web­site in German).

 If you have any ques­ti­ons, plea­se contact:


Ampri­on GmbH

Jonas Knoop

A‑Nord Pro­ject Spokesperson

Rhein­land­damm 24

44139 Dort­mund

Tel. +49 (0)231 5849 12927

Mob. +49 (0)152 54540968

e‑mail: jonas.​[email protected]​amprion.​net



Klasmann-Deilmann GmbH

Dirk Röse

Head of Cor­po­ra­te Communications

Georg-Klasmann-Str. 2–10

49744 Gees­te

Tel. +49 (0)5937 31 162

e‑mail: dirk.​[email protected]​klasmann-​deilmann.​com