Vattenfall wins concession for offshore wind farm

Now the company awaits approval from the Danish Parliament and EU

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Vattenfall has won the bidding in the process to build the offshore wind farm Horns Rev 3 outside the Danish west coast.

Vattenfall Wind Power has won the concession to build and operate the offshore wind farm Horns Rev 3, with a total capacity of 400 MW. The wind farm will produce electricity for 450,000 households from 2017.

Now the company awaits approval from the Danish Parliament and EU.

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The construction of Horns Rev 3 is an important step towards both Denmark’s and EU’s goals to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, goals that stipulate that 30 percent of the total energy consumption in 2020 shall origin from renewable energy sources. For that reason, we trust the political majority to go along with the agreement and find a solution suitable for all parties, says Magnus Hall.

This large, planned offshore wind farm will affect Vattenfall’s ambitions concerning wind power and especially our focus on offshore wind farms. Today we are the second largest operator of offshore wind power farms in the world and one of the largest operators of on shore wind power in Denmark. That gives us even better ways and means to develop sustainable energy production to become both profitable and competitive — in benefit of the Danish consumers, says Magnus Hall.

With Vattenfall as owner of the concession for Horns Rev 3, the company gets a unique opportunity for synergies between several offshore wind power farms, according to Alberto Mendez Rebollo, Head of Vattenfall Nordic Wind Power operations.

The Vattenfall Control Center in Esbjerg monitors more than 1,000 wind turbines, offshore and on shore, and Horns Rev 3 will imply positive synergies in operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms in the Nordic Sea. Both the control center in Esbjerg and the community Esbjerg, will gain a more important role as a chain of support when Horns Rev 3 is in operation, says Alberto Mendez Rebollo.

Offshore, Vattenfall owns 60 percent of the wind farm Horns Rev 1, 80 wind turbines, and is currently building, together with Stadtwerke München, two offshore wind farms in the German part of the Nordic Sea: Dan Tysk and Sandbank. Besides that, Vattenfall is developing the wind farm Kentish Flats in the UK.

In total, Vattenfall owns about 1,800 MW, of which 1,000 MW are offshore.

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