Sweden Greenlights Construction of Kriegers Flak Offshore Wind Farm

The Swedish government has granted a construction permit to Vattenfall for the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm.

Located in the south of the Baltic Sea some 30 kilometres off Trelleborg, Kriegers Flak is one of Vattenfall’s Swedish offshore wind projects that has come the furthest in its development.

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Vattenfall’s application covers 40 to 50 wind turbines with a total capacity of approximately 640 MW. Annual production would be sufficient to charge one million electric cars per year or to meet the annual needs of just over half a million households, Vattenfall said.

”We are happy that the Government has made this decision. If Sweden is to be able to meet customers’ future electricity needs, it is absolutely necessary to expand fossil free electricity production. Kriegers Flak would be a very valuable addition of electricity production in southern Sweden,” said Anna Borg, President and CEO of Vattenfall.

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With the permit from the government, the project is now taking an important step forward, Vattenfall said.

However, the major challenges of securing necessary permits as well as the electricity grid connection on land, are prerequisites for completing the wind farm.

Vattenfall is planning for a possible investment decision in 2025. The wind farm could be up and running in 2028 if everything goes according to plan, the developer said.

”Wind power, together with other fossil free energy sources, is crucial in the transformation of society that is required to meet the climate challenge and enable fossil free living within one generation,” said Helene Biström, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Wind at Vattenfall.

”Vattenfall’s hope is that Kriegers Flak will be connected to the Swedish national grid as quickly as possible. However, before the wind farm can be completed, all necessary permits have to be secured and an agreement with the Swedish TSO on how connection to the grid on land needs to be reached.”

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Vattenfall has already built a 604 MW offshore wind farm in te Danish part of Kriegers Flak. On the German side of Kriegers Flak, the 288 MW EnBW Baltic 2 wind farm has been in operation since 2015.

Photo: Illustration; Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm in Danish Baltic Sea; Photo: Vattenfall