Bird & Bird advises TenneT and TransnetBW on largest energy infrastructure project in Germany

International law firm Bird & Bird has advised TenneT TSO GmbH and TransnetBW GmbH on the winning of a contract for a converter system (which primarily consists of two converter stations) for the German wind-power line, SuedLink. 


With this contract, the SuedLink expansion project has reached another milestone in the completion of one of Germany’s most significant energy transition projects.

The consultation of the project included the drafting and negotiation of complex turnkey EPC (enegineering, procurement and construction) contracts, as well as  advice on the EU-wide tendering process, which lasted several months. The tendering process included several rounds of negotiation on the project and maintenance contracts for the converter stations.

The contract relates to the project between Brunsbüttel in Schleswig-Holstein and Leingarten/Großgartach in Baden-Württemberg, which has been named ‘Project 3’ in the Federal Requirements Plan Act. This is one of SuedLink’s two electricity highways which will be built as a direct current connection. 

TenneT TSO GmbH
and TransnetBW GmbH were advised by the following Bird & Bird lawyers: lead partner and co-head of Bird & Bird’s International Energy Networks & Transmission Group Lars Kyrberg (Hamburg), Counsel Michael Brooks-Zavodsky (Düsseldorf), senior Counsel Valerian Jenny (Frankfurt), Counsel Jutta Rath (Frankfurt), associates Luiza Jeske (Hamburg) and Laura Ruby, LL.M. (Frankfurt), all Commercial. Additional advice was provided by: partner Dr. Alexander Csaki (Munich), senior Counsel Martin Conrads (Hamburg) and associate Hendrik von Bar (Hamburg), all Commercial; partner Dr. Michael Jünemann and associate Julia Fröhder (Frankfurt) both Finance & Financial Regulation; partner Jörg-Alexander Paul (Frankfurt) and Dr. Natallia Karniyevich (Düsseldorf) both Tech & Comms; partner Dr. Christopher Maierhöfer, senior Counsel Dr. Arne Wolf and associates Dominic Igel and Roksana Hosseini, LL.M. (Munich) all IP.

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