Denmark to consult with developers on suspended offshore wind tender

Figure: Danish Energy Agency.

October 11 (Renewables Now) - The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and transmission system operator Energinet on Friday invited potential developers to examine the seabed data in relation to the suspended tender for the Hesselo offshore wind farm.

The tender was put on hold in June after preliminary investigations showed soft clay formations below the seabed at the site for the planned wind farm with a capacity of 800 MW-1,200 MW.

Hesselo is intended as the second wind park under the 2018 Energy Agreement which calls for the deployment of three new large-scale offshore wind farms in Denmark of at least 800 MW by 2030.

Potential developers are now being invited to a virtual technical dialogue taking place from late October to late November to discuss whether the seabed conditions present obstacles to the development of the wind farm within the politically agreed framework, including for instance the planned subsidy scheme of two-way contract for difference (CfD), the target capacity and scheduled time of completion.

The DEA will then decide whether the tender can continue under the current framework, or new political decisions will be needed, in which case it should be reassessed whether the wind farm should still be built at the Hesselo area or at an alternative site.

At the same time, the DEA said it has started screening for alternative areas for the second wind farm under the 2018 Energy Agreement. It is looking at a scaled-down Hesselo area plus some other sites, as well as Kriegers Flak 2 and North Sea 1, an area south of the planned Thor offshore wind farm.

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