Denmark Approves Vattenfall's Vesterhav Syd and Nord Wind Farm Plans


December 14, 2020
Illustration/Credit: Fokke - AdobeStock

Illustration/Credit: Fokke - AdobeStock

Danish Energy Agency has approved Vattenfall's environmental assessment and construction plans for offshore wind farms Vesterhav Syd and Nord.

Vattenfall can now begin the next stage of work on the offshore wind farms, which will produce electricity equivalent to the annual consumption of 380,000 Danish households.

"Getting approval from the Danish Energy Agency is good news for the green transition and the goal of enabling a fossil-free society in Denmark. 

The Danish Energy Agency has carried out a thorough review of our environmental assessment and the responses to the public consultation. We are satisfied that based on this they have given the green light to the projects," says Jacob Nørgaard Andersen, Vattenfall's Director in Denmark.

Vattenfall has said that the projects will see "a completely new installation design" for the two offshore wind farms that maximizes the turbines' distance to the coast within the area designated by the Danish state.

For Vesterhav Syd this means that the turbines will be located around nine kilometers off the coast. For Vesterhav Nord, the northernmost turbine will be moving from its originally planned location to about eight kilometers off the coast.

In addition to the location of the turbines, Vattenfall will install a radar system that allows the light markings on the turbines to be significantly dimmed at night, provided the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority approves it.

Approval of the radar system must be given by the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority by the end of Q2 2021 in order for the radar system to be integrated optimally with the other processes in the projects.

The establishment of Vesterhav Syd and Nord has been decided by the Danish Parliament, and the two areas, which are located between four and ten kilometers off the coast, were appointed by the Danish state in 2012.

Facts about Vesterhav Syd and Nord  as shared by Vattenfall

  • 350 MW of production capacity spread over 20 and 21 8.4 MW turbines respectively
  • Production can cover the annual electricity consumption of roughly 380,000 Danish households
  • The two offshore wind farms will increase Danish electricity production from wind turbines by around 10 percent.

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