The Danish Energy Agency has approved Vattenfall’s construction and environmental assessment plans for the Vesterhav Syd and Nord offshore wind farms.
This means that Vattenfall will now begin the next step of work on offshore wind farms, which will generate climate-friendly electricity equal to the annual consumption of 380,000 Danish households.
“Getting approval from the Danish Energy Agency is good news for the green transition and the goal of enabling a fossil-free society in Denmark. The Danish Energy Agency has carried out a thorough review of our environmental assessment and the responses to the public consultation. We are satisfied that based on this they have given the green light to the projects.
“In addition, we view the permits as a signal that the initiatives we have focused on, and will continue to work with, namely to ensure consideration for the local community as well as the environment and nature, have been positively received.”Jacob Nørgaard Andersen, Vattenfall’s director.
A completely new installation design for the two offshore wind farms, which maximizes the distance of the turbines to the coast within the region defined by the Danish State, is one of the major initiatives.
For Vesterhav Syd, this means that the turbines will be located about nine kilometers off the coast. In the case of Vesterhav Nord, the northernmost turbine would travel from its originally intended position to about eight kilometers off the coast.
In addition to the location of the turbines, Vattenfall will install a radar system that allows the light markings on the turbines to be substantially dimmed at night, provided that it is approved by the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority.
The Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority must approve the radar system by the end of Q2 2021 in order to ensure that the radar system is optimally compatible with the other processes in the projects.
The Danish Parliament has agreed on the creation of Vesterhav Syd and Nord, and the two regions, situated between four and ten kilometers off the coast, were named by the Danish State in 2012.