Danes go ahead with Horns Rev tender

DENMARK: The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) is to proceed with the tender for the 400MW Horns Rev 3 offshore wind project after the resolution of a political disagreement over how to fund the development.

Anholt was the last Danish offshore development to be tendered
Anholt was the last Danish offshore development to be tendered

Plans to put the project out to tender were thrown into disarray when the European Commission (EC) challenged the government on its intention to fund the project through the Public Service Obligation (PSO).

The EC had claimed that the PSO amounted to state aid and should have been submitted for approval.

But it has been conditionally passed by the EC. While negotiations are still ongoing, the DEA has been given permission for the tender to go ahead. The Danish coalition government has also come to agreement with opposition parties over the deal.

The DEA has published the contract notice for the tender with a deadline of 23 April for those applying for prequalification.

Financial requirements for potential applicants have been relaxed since the last offshore wind bidding process was undertaken for Anholt in 2010, the agency said.

Once companies have cleared the prequalification phase, the DEA said price will form the only criterion for the winning bid.

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