Offshore wind power project for 400 MW in Denmark

The Danish Energy Agency closed the tender for the construction of a large wind farm off the island of Anholt, in the Kattegat, the strait that separates Sweden from Jutland.

The only bid was submitted by Danish-based company Dong Energy for a 400 MW wind energy plant, with an expected investment of 10 billion Danish kroner (approximately 1.3 billion euros).

The Energy Agency will decide over the next few days whether the offer is formally valid. Dong Energy has announced that the first electricity generated by the wind turbines will be injected into the grid by 2012, and that the wind farm will be completed by 2013.

By then, the Anholt facility will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world, capable of meeting the electricity needs of approximately 400,000 Danish homes, equivalent to about 4% of the country’s electricity demand.

To be noted that in 2009 Dong Energy completed the 209 MW Horns-2offshore wind farm, which is currently the largest offshore wind farm in the world.

“Building Anholt offshore wind farm will be an important milestone in the expansion of renewable energy production in Denmark. DONG Energy has built half of the largest offshore wind farms in the world, making us one of the market leaders within this segment. The project will also fit well into our 85-15 plan to significantly increase our portfolio of renewable energy and to reduce CO2 emissions. Therefore, we found it natural to bid for Anholt offshore wind farm,” said Anders Eldrup, CEO of DONG Energy.

In 2009, DONG Energy built the world’s largest wind farm, Horns Rev 2, which has a capacity of 209 MW and is situated in the Danish sector of the North Sea, as well as a similar wind farm in the UK. DONG Energy is currently building two offshore wind farms in the UK and is the operator of several wind farms in Northern Europe.