Vattenfall beefs up offshore wind team

Sandbank wind farm. Source: Vattenfall (

December 20 (Renewables Now) - Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall AB said today it has recruited two top wind executives to strengthen its ability to develop competitive offshore wind projects.

Jacob Norgaard Andersen, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's SA (BME:SGRE) chief executive in North America, will join Vattenfall from the start of 2018 as head of engineering. Mats Vikholm, coming from Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) where he was senior vice president of procurement & product line, started at the Swedish company in December as head of wind farm design.

"In order to win the future tenders for offshore wind, it becomes crucial to proactively drive the development of tomorrow's wind technologies," said Vattenfall's offshore wind head Michael Simmelsgaard. He added that Vattenfall's approach has already seen the company win the offshore wind projects Kriegers Flak and Vesterhav South and North in Denmark at record-low prices. 

Last week, the Swedish firm said it will bid in the Netherlands’ subsidy-free offshore wind tender for phases I and II of the Hollandse Kust Zuid zone. The tender is for an area of 356 sq km to accommodate two offshore wind farms of 342 MW to 380 MW each.

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