A major European Energy Hub
JadeBay has a broad and thriving energy sector, and has grown to one of Europe’s most important energy hubs. Wind, oil, gas and coal: all play an important role in our economy.
JadeBayWIND: On and Offshore
JadeBayWIND is an initiative to promote the ports of Wilhelmshaven, Brake and Nordenham to the offshore wind industry. All three ports have good road and rail links, all the necessary logistical capabilities and are situated near to existing and planned wind-parks in the North Sea. JadeBay is the ideal location for companies producing, storing, assembling, servicing and transporting large on and offshore components. Our region already boasts many competitive and technologically-advanced companies in this sector, plus a good supply of skilled personnel.
Here are a few examples of how wind energy companies thriving in JadeBay:
- SGL Rotec in Lemwerder is one of Europe's leading producers of propeller blades for wind turbines.
- Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke (NSW) in Nordenham were exclusively responsible for the cabling of the "alpha ventus" offshore test project.
- Varel based innoVent GmbH plan and develop wind-parks all around the world.
- Deutsche WindGuard GmbH, also from Varel, offer a complete range of engineering services for the wind energy sector.
And these are just some of the companies, many long-established, involved in renewable energies in JadeBay. Our wind energy cluster is complemented by research institutes such as the German Institute for Wind Energy (DEWI) in Wilhelmshaven, who help to ensure that companies in JadeBay are at the cutting edge of wind technology.
The advantages offered by our region are already being recognised by investors from around the world. Dillinger Hütte, steel producers from the Saarland, are producing foundations in Nordenham.
Oil and Gas
Most of Germany's oil imports come through Wilhelmshaven. Nord-West Oelleitung’s pipelines supply refineries in Lower Saxony, North Rhine Westphalia and Hamburg with crude oil from all around the world. The region also has a number of storage facilities, and a large part of Germany's strategic oil reserve is kept here.
Underground storage in salt dome caverns developed by the IVG Immobilien AG and its IVG Caverns GmbH subsidiary offer huge capacities for storing oil and gas. Since their beginnings in 1971 the storage facilities in Etzel have grown into some of the largest in the world, and are linked to the North European network of oil and gas pipelines. You can find out more at http://www.kavernen-informationszentrum-etzel.de/service/english.html.