Seven shortlisted for 600MW Kriegers Flak project

DENMARK: Seven companies and consortiums have been shortlisted by the Danish government to build the delayed 600MW Kriegers Flak offshore project in the Baltic Sea.

Denmark's 600MW Kriegers Flak in the Baltic Sea is now scheduled for commissioning in 2021

Eight candidates replied to the tender, launched in May 2015, but the Danish Energy Agency rejected one because it failed to meet the necessary requirements.

The groups that will take part in the auction are: Dong Energy; an EnBW-led group; a Wpd-Hofor-Stadtwerke Munchen collective; a Statoil-E.on consortium; ScottishPower; a European Energy-Boralex consortium, and a "not yet established company" by Vattenfall.

"We stand with the highest number of prequalified bidders ever in Danish wind history. I both hope and believe that the great competition to win Kriegers Flak supply will lead to the best possible price, which will be beneficial to the Danish electricity consumers," said Danish energy minister Lars Christian Lilleholt.

EnBW completed the Baltic 2 project in the German Baltic Sea in September. It is located just 30km from the proposed Kriegers Flak site. The two projects will form part of a 400MW interconnector between Germany and Denmark.

Dong operates just over 1GW of offshore wind in Denmark, including the 400MW Anholt offshore project.

Vattenfall won Denmark's most recent offshore project tender in February for the 400MW Horns Rev 3 project. It placed a winning bid of €103.1/MWh to secure the development contract.

In 2014, the Danish government delayed the project by two years due to changes in the country's support scheme. A construction deadline was due to be awarded by the end of 2015 but a result of the tender will now not be released until the end of 2016, the energy ministry said. The Kriegers Flak wind farm is expected online in 2021.

An initial geological survey of the site has already taken place. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is due to be conducted for the pre-investigation area, the substation, and the land cables.

The Danish Energy Agency will publish the complete EIA as part of a mandatory public hearing scheduled for November or December 2015.

Construction of the substations and cable-to-shore work is being provided by the Danish TSO,

The notice of tender states that installed capacity of Kriegers Flak is to be no less that 590MW and no more than 610MW. Transmission capacity will be split between two transformer platforms.