Danish Energy Agency sounds the horn for Thor battle

In: Windfarms
The Danish Energy Agency has prequalified a total of six consortia and companies to participate in the tender for Denmark's largest offshore wind farm to date: Thor offshore wind farm with a capacity of minimum 800-1000 MW.

There will be competition to build Denmark's largest offshore wind farm to date, which will be located in the North Sea off the coast at Thorsminde. By 1 December 2020, the Danish Energy Agency received a total of six applications from a range of companies and consortia. All six meet the criteria for financial and technical capacity, and the Agency has prequalified all six of them.

“It is a strong set of players that has applied to be prequalified to bid for building Thor Offshore Wind Farm. This confirms that Denmark remains an attractive country when it comes to investments in offshore wind. Furthermore, the great interest is crucial for a cost-effective green transition” says Deputy Director of the Danish Energy Agency Janni Torp Kjærgaard.

The selected applicants are the following (in alphabetical order):
  • SSE Renewables Offshore Windfarm Holdings Limited and Thor OFW K/S (owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure IV Thor OFW ApS and Andel Holding A/S) on behalf of a not yet established subsidiary
  • Swan Wind P/S (ultimately owned by Eneco Wind B.V. and European Energy A/S)
  • Thor Wind Farm I/S (owned by RWE Wind Holding A/S and RWE Offshore Wind A/S)
  • Total Renewables S.A.S and Iberdrola Renovables Internacional S.A.U on behalf of a not yet established entity
  • Vattenfall Vindkraft A/S on behalf of a not yet established entity
  • Ørsted Wind Power A/S
    The subsidies will be granted in accordance with a CfD-scheme designed for this tender. It is a two- way CfD with caps on both the Danish State’s payment to the concession owner and the concession owner’s payment to the Danish State, which will prevent that neither one carries the full risk of the electricity price developing fundamentally different from the forecast.  

    The Danish Energy Agency will complete the tender during 2021. The decision on the winner of the tender is expected to be announced at the end of 2021.

    As something new, the tender includes the offshore grid connection, including the offshore substation, landing cables and a high-voltage onshore substation as well as flexible size of the park between 800-1000 MW. This will allow bidders to optimise the dimensions of export cables and wind farm capacity, thus making the overall solution as cost-effective as possible.

    Thor is located 20 km off the West Coast of Jutland in North Sea and will be the first of three projects included in the 2018 Energy Agreement to be built over the next decade. The site covers an area of 440 km2, west of Nissum Fjord. The authorisation is given for 30 years with the possibility of extension for five years with total investment costs for the site estimated to total of DKK 15.5 billion.

    The grid connection of the first turbine can take place from 1 January 2025, and Thor must be fully established and connected to the grid by the end of 2027 at the latest.

    For more information on offshore wind farms worldwide, click here. You can also click here to view the project, and others worldwide, on 4C Offshore's interactive map.
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