Speedy progress on three projects -- Off Denmark's coast

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Installation of wind turbines and cables for Denmark's 160 MW Horns Rev offshore wind farm was completed shortly before midnight on August 21, two weeks ahead of schedule. Meantime, work is progressing on Denmark's next two offshore wind farms, one of which should be online before the end of the year and the other by summer 2003. Together the three projects will add 343 MW to Denmark's wind power base, an increase of about 13%.

Exceptionally good summer weather in Scandinavia and a well prepared workforce lie behind the faster than expected progress at Horns Rev, according to project leader Jens Bonefeld. All 80 Vestas 2 MW turbines are now in place in the North Sea, some 16 kilometres off the town of Esbjerg, reports utility Elsam, the project owner.

Several weeks of cabling and final assembly work on individual turbines remain, however, before testing and commissioning can begin. The wind farm will be gradually started up in groups of 16 at a time until all 80 machines are turning by the end of October. The whole wind plant is expected online in mid-November. Four wind turbines are operating so far.

Island supply

The second offshore plant now building in Denmark is also scheduled to be on-line before year's end. Ten Bonus 2.3 MW turbines are being installed along the edge of Paludans Flak, three-and-a-half kilometres south of the island of Samsø, which lies in relatively sheltered waters midway between the Jutland peninsula and main island of Zealand.

Five of the ten machines are to be owned by the island local authority, which is busy realising a goal for Samsø to be entirely self sufficient using renewable energy. The island has a resident population of 4300, though this is significantly increased during the summer vacation season. Four further machines are to be owned by major investors, while the tenth machine is being offered as a community project, with shares being sold to interested individuals. Seas Wind Energy Centre, a division of Zealand utility Seas, is in charge of project construction.

Started at Rødsand

Next on Denmark's offshore schedule is Nysted Offshore Windfarm, one of two large offshore projects being built by Denmark's utilities under an agreement with the government. It is scheduled to be on-line next summer. Foundation work started June 20 at the site, which is ten kilometres from the town of Rødsand on the south of Lolland island in Denmark's far south east. Like Horns Rev, the Nysted project will have an installed capacity of 160 MW. The turbine supplier is Bonus which is delivering 2.2 MW machines.

Last month saw the installation of the first four foundations, supplied from Swinoujscie in Poland. All 72 Bonus turbines are due on-line by October 1 next year. Nysted Offshore Windfarm is owned by electricity distribution company for the east of Denmark, Energi E2, the Danish Oil and Natural Gas company and Swedish utility Sydkraft, with respective ownership of 50%, 30% and 20% of the project.

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