NIRAS reviews Danish bird activity

by Tom Russell in Windfarms 14/02/2020 4C Offshore

Consultancy firm NIRAS has reviewed the effect of two offshore wind farms, Omø Syd and Jammerland Bugt, on bird populations at the request of the Danish Energy Agency (DEA).

Public consultations held in 2017 and 2019 highlighted concerns regarding potential cumulative impacts on bird life and the DEA subsequently requested an independent assessment of the potential displacement of common eider, common scoter and velvet scoter in October 2019.

Report findings state that the overall impacts are consistent with findings in the projects Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and that there is “no likelihood of a significant impact”. However, the DEA will request that the developer supplement the data on birds in the EIA for
Jammerland Bugt as this was a highlighted as an area of weakness.

Taking this on board, the DEA will then decide if the EIAs for both projects can be approved after which the developer will have six months to apply for building permits and submit supplementary EIAs on the specific project designs for consultation.

Both projects are under the open-door procedure, with a combined capacity of up to 500 MW. European Energy is leading the development and hopes that construction will start 2023/2024.

Wind energy currently covers approximately 8% of Denmark's total energy consumption. The country has over 1,200 MW of offshore wind power in operation with two projects currently under construction. This includes the
Horns Rev 3 and  Kriegers Flak projects, both owned by Swedish energy company Vattenfall.

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