His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Denmark has inaugurated Vattenfall’s 407MW Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm at an event held in the Port of Hvide Sande.
Mette Frederiksen, Denmark’s Prime Minister, and Dan Jørgensen, Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities, also attended the inauguration of the wind farm.
Located 25 to 40 kilometres off the west coast of Jutland, Horns Rev 3 is Denmark’s largest operating offshore wind farm.
It will increase Danish electricity generation from wind by around 12 per cent, enough to cover the annual consumption of around 425,000 Danish households, Vattenfall said.
“Horns Rev 3 is the largest offshore wind farm in Scandinavia and shows our commitment to Denmark’s ongoing transition to a renewable energy system. The wind farm is a significant contribution to Vattenfall´s production portfolio and takes us one step further in our ambition to enable a fossil-free living within one generation,” said Magnus Hall, CEO of Vattenfall.
Horns Rev 3 comprises 49 MHI Vestas 8.3MW wind turbines which from 2024 onward will be maintained from a base in the Port of Hvide Sande.
“It has taken less than two years from the first foundation was built until the inauguration of Horns Rev 3. An impressive achievement of our employees and partners who now have completed the largest offshore wind farm in Vattenfall’s portfolio. It proves Vattenfall’s position as a leading offshore developer and our commitment to making offshore wind a corner stone in a future fossil-free energy system,” said Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Wind in Vattenfall.
The Danish government is paying Vattenfall a sliding premium above the wholesale electricity price for the first 15 years of the project worth DKK 77/MWh (EUR 10/MWh).
In addition to Horns Rev 3, Vattenfall is constructing the offshore wind farms Vesterhav Syd & Nord and Kriegers Flak adding a total of more than 1.4GW of wind energy capacity to the Danish energy system.