Weeks of uncertainty is over for Vattenfall in Denmark - the Danish near shore project has been given the final go-ahead by the Danish politicians. The decision follows a lengthy debate between a majority of political parties in the Parliament, in favour of the near shore project, and the Danish minority government, who opposed the project in order to save money and argued that it would blemish the coastal line.
“We have waited long for this day and we are naturally delighted that we now have the green light to proceed with our project. This is a great day for everyone in BA Wind, indeed for all of Vattenfall, as it contributes to our overriding strategy of reaching 7 GW by 2025, but also for the Danish people being supplied with renewable energy. After having won the last three tenders in Denmark, we have secured a very good pipeline for wind in Denmark up to 2022. That makes it easier for us to plan our work over the short and long terms and to retain and recruit the best candidates to implement this task. Great people did make and will continue to make all the difference,” says Gunnar Groebler, Head of BA Wind.
In Denmark, the news is also highly welcome to Country Manager Ole Bigum Nielsen.
“Vattenfall is on a very exciting journey in Denmark with many interesting projects, and today’s decision will really boost the process of getting from the drawing board into practice. We are relieved that a majority of Danish politicians gave priority to the continuing concern for the climate, and we are really looking forward to getting to grips with the job.”
The near shore wind farms are expected to create more than 6,000 jobs over three years during the construction period. Another 50-100 permanent jobs in operation and maintenance will then follow.
Renewable energy for 1.35 million households
Last week, Vattenfall was awarded the tender to build the offshore wind farm of Kriegers Flak in the Baltic Sea, and the company will also build and operate Horns Rev 3. These two offshore wind farms, together with the near shore wind farms, form part of the political energy agreements concluded in 2012 aiming to give Denmark a green and resource-efficient economy which will be completely independent of fossil fuels by 2050.
These three offshore wind farms will together supply affordable and renewable energy for up to 1.35 million Danish households, which will make Vattenfall Denmark’s largest producer of wind energy in Danish waters. Vattenfall is already Denmark’s largest producer of onshore wind energy.