Vattenfall obtains planning permission for Sweden’s 640 MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind project
May 19 (Renewables Now) – Swedish power producer Vattenfall AB said today that its offshore wind project at Kriegers Flak in Sweden has passed a key milestone with the award of a construction permit by the Swedish government.
The project calls for the installation of 40 to 50 wind turbines totaling approximately 640 MW. The developer will now work on obtaining the necessary permits and connecting to the electricity grid, with an investment decision envisaged in 2025. Last year the project obtained a Natura 2000 permit from the County Administrative Board of Skane .
The government’s decision amends an earlier permit, allowing the deployment of larger turbines. In the years since the design of the project, parts of the Kriegers Flak wind farm area have been designated a Natura 2000 area and it is therefore expected that the wind turbines will be positioned at a sufficient distance from sensitive habitats.
Welcoming the planning permission, Vattenfall CEO Anna Borg said that “ [i]For Sweden to be able to meet the future electricity needs of its customers, it is absolutely necessary to expand fossil-free electricity production.
The area is located between Denmark, Germany and Sweden in the Baltic Sea and 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of the Swedish coast. The Danish and German sections of Kriegers Flak are each home to an offshore wind farm, one of which is Vattenfall’s 604 MW project named Kriegers Flak.
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