Danish Energy Agency issues permit for Thor studies

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) has issued a feasibility study permit for the
Thor offshore wind farm, owned by RWE. The permit has been issued following an application from the project developer RWE and an authority consultation has been completed.

With a planned capacity of around 1,000 MW,
Thor is poised to be Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm to date. The wind farm will be built off the Danish west coast, approximately 22 kilometres from the Port of Thorsminde. Once fully operational, which is planned to be no later than 2027, Thor is expected to be capable of producing enough green electricity to supply the equivalent of more than one million Danish households.

The feasibility study allow RWE to collect data and carry out analyses, in addition to the feasibility studies already carried out by Energinet. The purpose is to technically qualify the specific project so that the project's technical design, including turbine foundation design and cable design, can be carried out. In this permit, the feasibility studies consist of geotechnical sampling, including CPT, vibrocore drilling, thermal conductivity, core drilling and PS logging.

The feasibility study permit does not give RWE the right to build the offshore wind farm, but it does give the project developer the right to carry out feasibility studies in the project area.

Citizens, organizations, authorities and others who may be affected by the project will have the opportunity to make suggestions as to what should be included in the environmental impact report for projects. As the next step, a public consultation phase will be initiated, which is the first public phase of the project. The consultation is expected to be completed in four weeks of June 2022 with the aim of being able to inform the environmental impact assessment of the project.

The Danish Energy Agency will only make a final decision on whether an establishment permit can be granted for the project when a public consultation (second publicity phase) of the forthcoming environmental impact report has been carried out, which is not expected until 2024.

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