Offshore, Project Development, Wind Power

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Announced

The worlds largest offshore wind farm will be built between Denmark and Sweden.

MALMO, Sweden, SE, 2001-04-04 <SolarAccess.com> The Swedish Government has granted permission for Örestads Vindkraftpark AB to install 48 turbines on Lillgrund in the sound between the two countries. The units will be 1.8 MW turbines produced by Enercon. The facility will generate 300 GWh per year of green power, which will displace the emission of 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The output will be sufficient for 20,000 homes or 15 percent of the total electricity demand in Malmö. The majority owner of the proposed wind farm, Eurowind AB, will plan construction for early next year, with first delivery of power planned for the fall of 2002 and final commissioning of all 86 MW of capacity by the end of next year. The location for the site is 7 km from the Swedish border and 12 km from Denmark. The wind farm is well aligned with Malmö’s environmental commitment and will provide a high profile for the city. The Lillgrund facility will increase Sweden’s wind energy production by 70 percent, and company officials view the decision as a breakthrough for offshore wind energy in Sweden. “This region has the highest wind speed in Europe and very calm water, so we believe it is a good location for a large scale wind power plant,” says Eurowind chairman Magnus Rosenback. Eurowind is waiting for planning permission for a 25 MW onshore windfarm in France and a 100 MW offshore facility in Italy. Eurowind is jointly owned by Fred Olsen Renewables AB of Norway and the Luxemburg investment firm, Inventus. Olsen Renewables is an indirectly owned subsidiary of Ganger Rolf ASA and Bonheur ASA. The company has been involved in offshore projects, shipping and energy.