Nine New Offshore Wind Applications Filed in Denmark, Several Projects Top 1 GW

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) has sent nine new offshore wind applications received through its open door scheme for regulatory consultation.

From 4 April to 30 June 2022, the Danish Energy Agency received 43 applications, of which 16 have been rejected due to overlap with state land reservations, as reported last month.

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Of the remaining 27 applications, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), European Energy, and Andel account for most of the projects.

The Agency has now forwarded the nine new applications to be put to regulatory consultation, and has also already sent an application for regulatory consultation for an area located south of Lolland.

The new applications are located at Vigsø Bay, Hirtshals Harbor, Frederikshavn North, Rømø, Grenå, Stevns Nord, Lolland, Guldborgsund, Gilleleje and Odsherred.

For the areas of Vigsø Bay, Grenå, Lolland, Gilleleje and Læsø there have been several applications that have been processed on a first-come, first-served basis, with the application first deemed adequate having been submitted for consultation. The other applicants are informed about this, DEA says.

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The regulatory hearing for the Lolland area has a deadline of 1 August. The hearings for Vigsø Bay, Hirtshals Harbor, Frederikshavn North, Rømø, Grenå, Stevns Nord and Guldborgssund will be held by 22 August. The hearing for Gilleleje and Odsherred has a deadline of 1 September.

Nine Projects Proposals for Offshore Wind Farms of 1+ GW

Out of the total 43 applications, nine are in the gigawatt-scale: six are located in the North Sea, one in the Kattegat, and two are located on Bornholm. All of these projects except the one proposed for Kattegat are located far from the coast.

All the applications are considered complete, but there have been several applications for areas in the North Sea which have been screened on a first-come, first-served basis with all the applicants informed accordingly.

The Danish Energy Agency said it was in the process of investigating whether the applications were covered by the open door scheme and is expected to clarify this after the summer holidays. 

If the applications are not in accordance with the open door scheme, they will also be rejected. If the applications are covered by the open door scheme, they will also be sent for regulatory consultation in order to assess whether a preliminary investigation permit should be granted.

Granting a feasibility study permit does not mean that permission is given to build an offshore wind farm at the given location, but only that site investigations can be carried out for the project.

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