Vattenfall is to move two near-shore windfarms further from the Danish coast and will delay them by approximately three years
Vattenfall has confirmed that it plans to move the Vesterhav Syd and Nord near-shore windfarms further from the Danish coast and that the projects will be commissioned approximately three years later than originally anticipated.
As highlighted by OWJ in March 2019, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, the supplier of the turbines for the Vesterhav offshore windfarms, which will be built in the Danish North Sea, confirmed that construction of the 350-MW project has been postponed from 2020 to early 2023.
As also highlighted by OWJ, in December 2018, Vattenfall announced it was awaiting the result of an appeal on Vesterhav Syd and Nord after concerns were expressed about the windfarms’ visual impact.
Combined, Vesterhav Syd and Nord will have 41 turbines, each of 8.4 MW and a total capacity of 344.4 MW. Tenders for the main components, but not the turbines, and for installation of the windfarms, are expected to be relaunched.
Vattenfall’s director in Denmark, Michael Simmelsgaard, said “We have been in dialogue with local people and have noted their desire to move the turbines further from the coast. We need to find a solution that meets local needs and maximises energy production.”
Mr Simmelsgaard said moving the windfarms would require their layout to be redefined. He said moving them also meant the company would be faced with several restrictions on potential cable routes.
“If these challenges can be overcome, we are ready to move the turbines all the way to the western side of the two areas,” Mr Simmelsgaard said.