In the Danish near-shore tender, there were five possible locations and Vattenfall bid for two sites on the west coast of Jutland, Vesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord. On these two sites Vattenfall will build two offshore wind farms with a total capacity of 350 MW. These wind farms will provide sustainable energy for 375,000 households.
The last couple of months have been somewhat hectic in Denmark and especially for Project Manager Per Stenholt, responsible for delivering Vattenfall’s bid for the tender. The project has been debated heavily politically and in the media, and there are still ongoing political discussions regarding whether to accept or cancel the project.
“I’m glad that we got the opportunity to deliver our bid. The two sites have exceptionally good site conditions, and therefore, we were able to offer such a good price. So I really hope that we get the opportunity to build these two wind farms,” says Per Stenholt.
Awaiting political decision
Country Manager in Denmark Ole Bigum Nielsen has also been heavily involved in the project.
“The last three months we put forward strong arguments saying that the Danish near shore will be the cheapest offshore wind farms in the world and now we have proved it. I just hope that the politicians live up to the political energy agreement from 2012 and let us proceed with providing renewable energy for the Danish consumers”.
Once the final political decision has been made, Vattenfall will initiate the final preparations for the establishment of the wind farms. This includes procurement of main components and services (e.g. wind turbines, foundations and cables, installation vessels), optimisation and final design, with the aim to start construction in 2019 and produce the first power in 2020.
Vattenfall biggest in Denmark
Gunnar Groebler, Head of Vattenfall Wind, is also pleased with today’s announcement:
“With our bid we have again underlined that we take our ambition to lead the industry toward the new industrial landscape for offshore wind seriously, with a clear cost reduction and hence declining support schemes. This again proves that renewable energy is going to be competitive and Denmark is in the lead when it comes to renewable energy."
Footnote: 47,5 Danish öre is about 6,4 cent EUR