Vattenfall's controversial Danish nearshore sites given green light

Vattenfall will be able to begin construction following permitting approval from the Danish Energy Agency and a four-week appeal period

The two projects will feature 41 of Siemens Gamesa's 8.4MW turbines
The two projects will feature 41 of Siemens Gamesa's 8.4MW turbines

The Danish Energy Agency has granted construction permission for two Vattenfall offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 350MW.

Last year, Vattenfall pushed back its nearshore wind sites – the 168MW Vesterhav Syd Vesterhav Syd (168MW) Offshoreoff Søndervig, Denmark, Europe Click to see full details and 176MW Vesterhav Nord Vesterhav Nord (176MW) Offshoreoff Thyborøn, Denmark, Europe Click to see full details projects – both in terms of timescale, and distance to shore, after local residents criticised the scheme. 

Today (14 December), the Danish Energy Agency approved Vattenfall's updated construction plans for the projects. They will feature 41 of Siemens Gamesa 8.4MW turbines, which will be equipped with a radar system to reduce use of aviation light signals.

The Vesterhav Syd project will be located approximately nine kilometers from the coast while the Vesterhav Nord offshore wind farm will move to about eight kilometres from the coast.

Vattenfall's Danish director, Jacob Nørgaard Andersen, said the agency had carried out a “thorough review” of its environmental assessment and the consultation responses from the public consultation. 

In a statement, he said he was “satisfied” with the outcome.

He added: "At the same time, we see the permits as a signal that the initiatives we have had great focus on – and will continue to work with – namely to ensure consideration for the local community as well as the environment and nature, have been positively received.”

Vattenfall’s radar system still needs to be given approval by the Danish Transport, Building and Housing Agency by the middle of next year.

The two offshore wind farms will increase Danish electricity production from wind by approximately 10% and provide enough electricity to meet the needs of 380,000 households, according to Vattenfall.

The latest data collated by Windpower Intelligence (WPI), the research division of Windpower Monthly, shows that Denmark currently has 1,717MW of installed offshore wind capacity.

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