Vattenfall granted Natura 2000 permit

In: Windfarms
The County Administrative Board of Skåne has approved Vattenfall's Natura 2000 application for its Swedish Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm.

Located in the Baltic Sea, the wind farm partially lies within a Natura 2000 area. Vattenfall has carried out multiple environmental studies of the area, including reefs, birds, fish and porpoises, as part of the Natura 2000 application which was submitted in 2018.

With this approval Vattenfall are one step closer to realising the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm. However, it is still awaiting a decision from the Government regarding changes to the turbine size and commissioning deadline.

In 2006, the government decided to give Vattenfall permission under the Swedish Economic Zone Act to build up to 128 turbines with a completion deadline originally expected in 2018. In 2018 Vattenfall applied to increase the total turbine height (280 meters) and extend the time for construction and civil engineering measures (31 December 2027).

Over the next few years, Vattenfall will work to obtain the remaining permits. In addition, supplementary geophysical and geotechnical investigations as well as archaeological investigations. Depending on the approvals, procurement could take place in 2023–2024 and installation in 2025–2027.

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