FID In Place for Nissum Bredning Project, Siemens’ Tech Testbed

Nissum Bredning Vindmøllelaug and Jysk Energi, which placed the winning bid for Nissum Bredning Vind project earlier this year, following a call for tender from Danish Energy Agency’s (DEA), have made the final investment decision for the 28MW pilot project in northern Denmark.

The commercial aspect of the offshore wind technology to be tested in the project is expected to show a significant positive impact on the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCoE), according to Siemens, which is testing its new offshore wind solutions within the project.

The project will see Siemens delivering four 7MW direct drive wind turbines and their gravity jacket foundations, as well as a new 66kV voltage solution including a new transformer, cable and switchgear systems, along with further innovations regarding tower and controller settings.

“We are proud to be part of Nissum Bredning Vind offshore wind power plant. Since the Danish Ministry of Energy tendered the project as an official test bed for new technologies and integrated design, we’ve looked forward to this exciting project,” said Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore at Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. “This gives us the opportunity to simultaneously test and promote our innovations to achieve further cost reductions in offshore wind.”

Nissum Bredning Vind offshore wind power plant will get support by receiving a guaranteed feed-in tariff of DKK 0.7/kWh (EUR 0.09/kWh) for the initial 10 years for the first 50,000 full load hours of operation.

Turbine installation is scheduled for summer 2017, with commissioning expected to take place in the third quarter of next year.

Four proposals were submitted at DEA’s invitation for tenders for the test scheme: one by EDF Energies Nouvelles, two by European Energy, and one by Nissum Bredning Vindmøllelaug.