Swedish project consent but no rush

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While the Swedish government has consented construction of 108 turbines in the Kattegat Sea between Sweden and Denmark, the Stora Middelgrund project is not going to happen any time soon. The aim of the project owner, Universal Wind Offshore, is to generate 3 TWh of electricity using 200 metre tall turbines with rated capacities of up to 8 MW each. The project cost is put at EUR 1.3-EUR 1.5 billion. According to Universal's two Swedish partners, Ola Gjervall and Björn Algkvist, to proceed to construction they need the government to pay for grid connection and to be offered a purchase price for the electricity of EUR 12-15/MWh. Gjervall says if the government agrees with the aim of the Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) to generate 30 TWh of renewable energy by 2020, offshore wind plant are essential. He adds that all players in Sweden's offshore wind business agree on this point and in October will present their plans to government for the best way of structuring a viable market. SEA's Fredrik Dahlström says the most likely system will be one of government sponsored projects, as in Denmark, or a fixed purchase price for offshore wind, as in Germany. Universal Wind plans to erect a 120 metre tall wind measurement mast at the Stora Middelgrund in the autumn for an estimated cost of SEK 15 million.

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