German-Danish company Nordex is to supply the wind turbines while ABB, the large Swiss-Swedish electrical engineering group, will be in overall charge of the project and will also supply the technology for transmission of electricity to the mainland. For the past two years ABB has been touting its HVDC "light" cable technology as a cost cutting way of transporting large amounts of electricity over long distances.
Göteborg Energi's Ola Nordgren says electricity generated by the plant would bolster the company's efforts to expand its "clean energy" sources. Technical, financial and environmental assessments are underway but Nordgren stresses the plans are at an early stage.
The first step is to secure approval from Sweden's environmental court. The wind farm proposal has already come under fire from Swedish fishermen, who are concerned it will impede trawling activities in the vicinity. The environmental court is expected to rule within 6-12 months of the consortium formally submitting the plan, which Göteborg Energi says will take place before Christmas.
The plant, which the consortium hopes to be up and running by 2004, is planned for the Fladen area of the Kattegatt, a shallow area of sea between Sweden and Denmark. The turbines, expected to be 60-80 metres tall, will be erected within a triangular zone, with each side being about 10 kilometres long.