Vattenfall has taken a final investment decision for the Kriegers Flak offshore windfarm and is awaiting the result of an appeal on Vesterhav Syd and Nord before doing likewise with them.
With a combined capacity of 949 MW, Kriegers Flak and Vesterhav Syd and Nord will increase Vattenfall’s offshore wind production by approximately 25%.
Vattenfall chief executive Magnus Hall said, “Investment in Kriegers Flak will significantly increase Vattenfall’s offshore capacity and is a cornerstone in our ambition to enable fossil-free living within one generation, as well as a major step in Denmark’s green transition.”
At the time of award in 2016, Kriegers Flak came in at the lowest bid price ever for offshore wind.
The company said it would await the result of an appeal at the Danish Energy Board of Appeals before taking the FID for Vesterhav Syd and Nord.
Vattenfall senior vice president and head of wind Gunnar Groebler said, “We are confident that they are fully in line with the framework awarded to us by the Danish state. However, it is prudent to review the result of the appeal against Vesterhav Syd before taking further steps.”
The appeal process has been delayed but is expected to be completed in 2018. Construction of the windfarms is pending final approval from the Danish authorities, who are in turn awaiting the finalisation of the appeal process.
Kriegers Flak will have 72 turbines of 8.4 MW each and a capacity of 604.8 MW. It is in the Baltic and should be in full operation before the end of 2021.
Vesterhav Syd and Nord are in the North Sea off the west coast of Denmark. The windfarms are due to be in full operation before the end of 2020. Combined, Vesterhav Syd and Nord will have 41 turbines of 8.4 MW each and a total capacity of 344.4 MW.
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