Vattenfall opens Scandinavia’s largest offshore wind farm
Swedish power company Vattenfall has announced that it has officially opened Scandinavia’s largest offshore wind farm, the 407 MW Horns Rev 3 in the North Sea.
The 49 wind turbines on Horns Rev 25-40 km off Denmark’s west coast in the North Sea will increase the Danish power production from the wind with around 12 percent. Enough to power the yearly consumption in 425,000 Danish households.
“Horns Rev 3 is the largest offshore wind farm in Scandinavia and shows our commitment to Denmark’s ongoing transition to a renewable energy system. The wind farm is a significant contribution to Vattenfall´s production portfolio and takes us one step further in our ambition to enable a fossil-free living within one generation,” said Magnus Hall, CEO of Vattenfall.
Vattenfall had won the right to construct Horns Rev 3 with a historically low bid in 2015. The first foundation for the project was placed in the seabed in October 2017 and the first turbines began delivering electricity to consumers on December 23, 2018.
“It has taken less than two years from the first foundation was built until the inauguration of Horns Rev 3. An impressive achievement of our employees and partners who now have completed the largest offshore wind farm in Vattenfall’s portfolio. It proves Vattenfall’s position as a leading offshore developer and our commitment to making offshore wind a cornerstone in a future fossil-free energy system”, said Gunnar Groebler, senior vice president and head of Business Area Wind in Vattenfall.
In addition to Horns Rev 3, the Swedish firm is constructing the offshore wind farms Vesterhav Syd & Nord and Kriegers Flak adding a total of more than 1.4 GW wind energy capacity to the Danish energy system.
Vestas was awarded the turbine delivery order for the project to supply its 8.3 MW-187 Metre turbines.
Source: Saur Energy International