BKW Energie AG

Energie Wasser Bern and BKW
Joint venture HelveticWind acquires second wind farm in Germany

Bern (ots) - Through their joint venture HelveticWind, Energie Wasser Bern (ewb) and BKW FMB Energy Ltd (BKW) are acquiring Lüderstorf-Parstein wind farm from Ventotec GmbH of Lower Saxony. Situated in the north-eastern German state of Brandenburg, the wind farm has been connected to the grid since the end of 2004. With 15 turbines and an installed capacity of 22.5 MW, the facility produces around 53 GWh of CO2-free electricity. This equates to the annual power consumption of just over 14,000 households.

Acquisition of this wind farm takes HelveticWind one step closer to its goal of securing for itself a wind power portfolio with a capacity in excess of 100 MW over the next few years. At the end of March 2010 the joint venture acquired Sendenhorst wind farm near the city of Nordrhein-Westfalen, with an installed capacity of 14.5 MW and a production volume of 29 GWh. The parties have agreed not to disclose the cost of the transaction.

With revenue of CHF 3,187 million reported in 2010, the BKW Group is one of Switzerland's leading energy providers. The company employs more than 2,800 staff and covers all aspects of energy supply, from electricity production and transport to trading and sales. BKW delivers electricity to more than a million people, both directly as well as indirectly through its sales partners. The BKW production portfolio covers hydroelectric power plants, a nuclear power plant, a gas-fired combined-cycle power plant (CCGT), and new renewable energy plants. Today BKW is the leading producer of electricity from photovoltaics, wind power, small hydroelectric power plants and biomass. www.bkw-fmb.ch

A modern energy supplier, Energie Wasser Bern has a workforce of more than 600 and in 2010 posted revenue of CHF 437 million. The company supplies electricity, natural gas, biogas and water to the city of Berne and surrounding municipalities, turns waste into energy, and offers electric and gas-based mobility services. The Bernese fibre-optic network being laid by Energie Wasser Bern will provide the city of Berne with the very latest in communications, and in the Forsthaus district of Berne the company is building the state-of-the-art Forsthaus energy centre. Energie Wasser Bern is a partner of Swisspower. www.ewb.ch

Ventotec GmbH was founded in 1998. With 350 planned wind power facilities (nominal capacity of 580 MW) and an investment volume in the region of EUR 830 million, the company is among Germany's leading project developers and operators in the wind power sector. Ventotec's registered office is in Leer, Lower Saxony. Its core businesses are project development, construction management, financing, and technical and commercial project management. www.ventotec.de

Contact:

Energie Wasser Bern
Natalie Cartier
031 321 36 88

BKW FMB Energie AG
Antonio Sommavilla
031 330 51 07



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