Denmark prepares new zones to support 20GW-plus offshore wind

The Danish Energy Agency has started preparing three sites spread around its coast that could support more than 20GW of offshore wind capacity, with projects possibly to be commissioned this decade.

Its consultation on the strategic environmental assessments for the sites in the North Sea, Kattegat and Baltic Sea closes on 31 March, and is set to define the parameters of feasibility studies of the three zones. The government would still need to approve plans to tender projects.

The planned 2,210km2 Nordsøen I zone in the North Sea could support between 5GW and 17,445MW of offshore wind capacity. The Danish Energy Agency expects projects would be tendered within the zone – the largest of the three new sites – across multiple phases.

Meanwhile, the planned 122km2 Kattegat II zone in the Kattegat strait between Denmark and Sweden could support 1-2.46GW of offshore wind capacity.

And the 173km2 Kriegers Flak II zone in the Baltic Sea could support 1-3.45GW of offshore wind capacity.

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