A utility company in Copenhagen has secured permission from the Danish Energy Agency to investigate building two offshore windfarms
A Copenhagen-based utility company with a commitment to sustainability and climate-friendly solutions has secured permission from the Danish Energy Agency to investigate building two offshore windfarms.
Having secured approval from the agency, Hofor is investigating the feasibility of building two offshore windfarms in the Øresund, commonly known in English as the Sound.
The first site being considered is at Nordre Flint, 12 km east of Copenhagen; the second is at Aflandshage, 10 km from the southern tip of Amager.
If the sites are technically and economically feasible, it plans to seek permission to build the offshore windfarms in 2023-2024.
Copenhagen aims to be the world’s first CO2-neutral capital city by 2025 which requires a transition to green energy. As part of this transition, Hofor is considering installing around 100 turbines with a total capacity of up to 460 MW, which would help meet Copenhagen’s requirement for green electricity.
Copenhagen mayor Frank Jensen said he was pleased Hofor now has the opportunity to explore the possibility of building the offshore windfarms and examine how they might be installed without unduly affecting wildlife. Other issues Hofor needs to address include the visual impact of the windfarms and their proximity to Copenhagen airport.
Copenhagen technology and environment specialist Ninna Hedeager Olsen said, “A massive expansion of wind turbines is a central part of Copenhagen’s ambitious plan to become the world’s first CO2-neutral capital. I’m really happy that Hofor has this opportunity to investigate the feasibility of building the windfarms. If the plans are realised, in the long term, the wind turbines will provide up to 40% of the city’s electricity.”
Feasibility studies conducted by consulting firms will examine the environmental impact of the windfarms, their impact on wildlife, fishing, navigation, air traffic and other relevant social and business interests.
The surveys are expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Two public hearings will be held, the first, during the concept phase of the project, in mid-2019. The second consultation is expected to take place in early 2021, when environmental impact reports are available.
If, based on the results of the surveys and the hearings, the authorities consider that wind turbines can be built on one or both sites, Hofor anticipates the turbines could be installed and begin generating electricity by 2025.