Six groups join race for Denmark's Thor offshore wind farm

The Danish Energy Agency has prequalified sector giants and energy companies from across Europe to develop the up to 1GW offshore wind farm — the country's largest yet

The up-to 1GW Thor site will be built off Denmark's west coast
The up-to 1GW Thor site will be built off Denmark's west coast

Leading offshore developers and other energy players from across Europe are among six consortia and individual companies bidding to build Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm to date.

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) has prequalified six bidders for the tender to develop the 800-1,000MW wind farm off the country's west coast.

It did not disqualify any bidders from the tender for the North Sea wind farm.

The companies bidding for the up-to 1000MW Thor Thor (1000MW) Offshoreoff Thorsminde, Denmark, Europe Click to see full details project are:

    • SSE Renewables and a special purpose vehicle owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Swedish energy company Andel Holding;
    • Dutch energy company Eneco and Danish renewables developer European Energy;
    • German renewables heavyweight RWE;
    • French oil major Total and Spanish energy giant Iberdrola;
    • Swedish utility Vattenfall;
    • and Danish offshore specialist Ørsted.

Auction regulator the DEA aims to complete the tender this year and announce a winner by the end of 2021.

Thor is to be brought online before 2027, with industry group Wind Denmark hopeful the project could be commissioned as early as 2025.

The operator of the Thor project will receive state support for 30 years through a similar mechanism to the UK’s contract for difference model.

For the first time, the tender will also include the offshore grid connection – the offshore substation, landing cables and a high-voltage onshore substation – the Danish Energy Agency stated.

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