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Denmark clears 1GW offshore mark

DENMARK: Danish offshore wind capacity will top the 1GW mark today when the Anholt project's thirty-sixth 3.6MW Siemens turbine is connected.

Anholt will take Denmark beyond 1GW in offshore capacity
Anholt will take Denmark beyond 1GW in offshore capacity

The 400MW Anholt offshore wind farm is being built by Danish utulity Dong Energy in the Kattegat Sea. Its 129.6MW of operational capacity to date will supplement the 871MW that is already online in Danish waters. Dong owns 50% of the project, with the remainder split between pension firms PKA and PensionDanmark.

Reaching 1Gw of offshore capacity places Denmark in second place globally. The country has just over 450 grid-connected offshore turbines in place, across 13 offshore wind farms. The UK leads, with 2.9GW of capacity as of end-2012, with more than 1,000 offshore turbines installed.

Once completed later this year, Anholt will become Denmark's largest offshore wind farm and will supply around 4% of Denmark's electricity consumption.

Total Danish offshore wind capacity will then be just under 1.3GW, from 516 turbines. A further significant capacity expansion is planned in Danish waters by 2020.

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