The order is the world’s largest for offshore wind turbines in 2017. The three wind farms, Kriegers Flak in the Baltic Sea and Vesterhav Syd and Nord in the North Sea, have a total investment value of close to 1.7 billion euros (SEK 16.5 billion) and the total installed capacity will be close to 1 GW. The deal consists of 113 8 MW turbines in total, 72 at Kriegers Flak and 41 at Vesterhay Syd and Nord. The wind farms will be able to supply approximately one million Danish households with clean energy. The turbines at Vesterhay Syd and Nord will be in operation by 2020 and those at Kriegers Flak will commence operating in 2021.
“The deal is a further proof point of Vattenfall’s firm commitment towards a fossil free future and climate smarter living” said Gunnar Groebler, Head of Vattenfall Wind and member of the Executive Group Management. “The investment in this state-of-the-art technology for our modern wind farms, contributes significantly to our goal of building more renewable energy according to our strategy”.
The joint deal is one of the largest renewable investments in Vattenfall’s history. It will cover design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning, testing and service of the turbines. When Vattenfall won the tenders to build the wind farms back in 2016 it was at the lowest prices the world had seen at that time.
In order to deliver on that promise, Vattenfall has brought the three wind projects under one umbrella and merged the turbine procurement into one deal.
“A combined purchase gives us a lower price, which means that construction costs for offshore wind power can be further reduced” added Groebler.
Vattenfall is planning to invest 2.7 billion euros (SEK 25 billion) in Danish clean energy, installing 1.4 GW over the next five years, making the company the largest developer of offshore wind in the country.
Image: Vattenfall’s Ormonde offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, off Barrow-in-Furness