Two extra years for Kriegers Flak

Several amendments that concern Danish offshore tenders have been made to the cross-party political energy agreement from 2012, including to the commissioning of the 600MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm.

The aim of negotiations between the government and the opposition in Parliament has been to cut costs and increase productivity and competitiveness, while still maintaining the original target from two years ago of achieving 50% of wind energy in the electricity production by 2020, said the Danish Energy Agency (DEA).

The deadline for the commissioning of the Kriegers Flak project has been pushed forward until the end of 2021, meaning that developers will have two extra years to construct it.

Also, Denmark’s near shore tender will be reduced from 450MW to 350MW and is subject to a cap for the acceptable offers of an average maximum price of 0,70 DKK ($0.12) per kWh.

Offers above the average will be subject to political acceptance, the amendments stated.

"I am certain that developers will still consider 350MW to be quite a sizable project compared to the farms being built today and that bidders will be able to capitalse on the fact that they are allowed to build near shore," says Katrine Nissen, head of department, DEA.

The agency also amended the timeline for the Kriegers Flak bidding procedure, with the date of guaranteed grid connection changed from July 1 2018 to January 1 2019, said the body.

The reason, according to DEA, is the delay caused by changes to the design of the grid connection.

"The amendment of the timeline has become unavoidable following the changes to the grid connection concept from which had to abandon their original plans for a combined grid solution connecting Kriegers Flak to both Germany and Denmark due to unexpected price hikes for components," said Nissen.

The new grid concept is based on proven AC-technology previously used for the grid connection of the Anholt Offshore wind farm, Nissen said.