SEV, a power company owned by all of the municipalities in the Faroe islands, an autonomous territory that is part of Denmark, has announced plans to build an offshore windfarm off the coast close to the Faroes’ capital, Tórshavn
In a statement, SEV said the offshore windfarm “will be a joint venture between Faroese energy providers and various businesses and individuals.”
The 96-120-MW offshore windfarm will replace at least five onshore windfarms that were planned as part of the Faroes’ strategy to move towards 100% sustainable electricity generation by 2030.
SEV research and development director Terji Nielsen said, “An offshore windfarm would speed up the transition to sustainable electricity generation.
“In recent years, we have experienced delays with two of three planned onshore windfarms.” He said ’nimbyism’ – not in my back yard – had played a significant part in delays to the onshore windfarms.
The company said the next steps will be to secure the necessary permits and licences, assess the environmental impact of building and operating the offshore windfarm and to undertake all of the necessary surveys, before entering the development and engineering stage.
SEV said that, if all goes as planned, the first Faroese offshore windfarm is expected to be commissioned and operational by late 2025.