The Danish Energy Agency has launched a tender for the 400 megawatts (MW) Anholt Offshore Wind Farm.
The wind farm, west of the island of Anholt between Denmark and Swedennwill be Denmark’s largest offshore facility when it is completed and connected to the grid in 2012.
“This is a big step towards the realisation of the government’s vision for Denmark to become independent of fossil fuels,” says Connie Hedegaard, Minister for Climate and Energy “and it is an important measure towards achieving our ambitious target for renewable energy and CO2 reductions.”
The Anholt wind farm forms part of the February 2008 Energy Policy Agreement between the government and all of Denmark’s parliamentary parties, except the Danish Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten).
To speed up the process and minimize the risk for the bidders The Danish Energy Agency has adjusted its previous tendering procedure, which was used for the Roedsand II and Horns Rev II wind farms. This time Danish grid operator Energinet.dk will begin preliminary investigations on the project site ahead of the tender. The preliminary investigations will include an Environmental Impact Assessment and preliminary geophysical/geotechnical surveys of the seabed. This work and the subsequent public hearing will be completed and published before the deadline for bids to be submitted on 7 April 2010.
Energinet.dk will also be responsible for financing and constructing the substation at sea and connecting the farm to the electrical grid on land.
Denmark currently has eight offshore wind farms operating with a combined capacity of 424 MW. The world's first offshore wind farm was Vindeby, established in 1991. Work is well underway to construct Horns Rev II, to be finished in 2009, and at Roedsand II, which is expected to be finished in 2010. Each of the two farms will have a capacity of 200 MW.
In 2007, 19.7 per cent of Danish electricity production was based on wind power, the Danish Energy Agency says, and this will increase to nearly 30% with the 3 large-scale offshore wind farms which are in the pipeline in the pipeline this percentage could increase by approximately 8 per cent point in total. The production from Anholt Offshore wind farm alone will correspond to approximately 4 per cent of the Danish use of electricity.