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With three sizeable projects on the horizon, Swedish offshore wind power development looks as though 2006 might be a take-off year. Indeed, there is more than 500 MW of offshore wind development in planning, spread over seven projects -- all to be built by 2009 according to report timetables. Last year, however, was one of decidedly slow offshore progress in Sweden.

With three sizable projects on the horizon, Swedish offshore wind power development looks as though 2006 might be a take-off year. Indeed, there is more than 500 MW of offshore wind development in planning, spread over seven projects -- all to be built by 2009 according to report timetables (table). Last year, however, was one of decidedly slow offshore progress in Sweden.

The most action was seen in buyouts by utilities looking to stake a bigger claim in the offshore wind power market. Vattenfall bought the 120 MW Lillgrund plant and hopes to start building in 2006. The utility has the necessary permits. When completed, the plant is expected to generate some 330 GWh of electricity a year.

Meanwhile, Sydkraft bought up offshore developer Airicole and with it the 90 MW Utgrunden II site. If the environmental court approves the plans, Sydkraft hopes to get the plant built by next year. Its annual production is estimated at 275 GWh.

Swedish developer Vindkompaniet's 42 MW Klasården project is also waiting for environmental approval. The company hopes to start building for a commissioning in 2006.

Sweden currently has 23.25 MW of operating offshore wind power capacity at three sites, Utgrunden (10.5 MW), Yttre Stengrund (10 MW) and Bockstigen (2.75 MW).

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