Ørsted lodges enviro report for 1.5-GW Swedish offshore wind project

The Horns Rev 2 Offshore Wind Farm. Source: Ørsted A/S

September 30 (Renewables Now) - Danish energy group Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) has completed surveys and an environmental report for its up to 1.5-GW Skane Havsvindpark offshore wind project in Sweden’s Baltic Sea region.

The project’s environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been submitted for assessment and approval, the developer said on Tuesday. It noted that the report contains information about the environmental effect of its proposal and related measures for addressing this.

“The prospects for offshore wind power in Sweden are incredibly exciting, and if all goes well, we are ready to invest tens of billions of kronor in Skane Havsvindpark" said Peter Obling, head of Markets and Commercial, Continental Europe at Ørsted.

Skane Havsvindpark is planned to be installed 22 km (13.7 miles) off the coast of Scane County, Sweden’s southernmost county. Planned to cover an area of 450 sq km (174 sq miles), offering available grid connection, the huge power complex will be capable of generating enough electricity to cover the consumption of around 700,000 Swedish homes per year. According to Ørsted, the output will be enough to cover half of Skane County’s current power demand.

Sweden’s offshore wind potential in the Baltic Sea is estimated at 20 GW. Ørsted noted that in order to realise the full potential, it would be helpful for the country to expand its main grid at sea and clarify the permission and allocation process.

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