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Vattenfall wins concession to construct Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm in Denmark

CTBR Staff Writer Published 02 March 2015

Swedish energy firm Vattenfall has won a concession to build and operate the 400MW Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm in Denmark.

Horns Rev

The company won the tendering process from a shortlist that included four other firms.

Construction of the wind farm is expected to start as early as possible with the planned completion by 1 January 2020.

The first turbines are planned to be connected to the grid and start power supplies from 1 January 2017.

The wind farm will deliver enough energy for about 450,000 homes and reduce 1.16 million tons of CO2 emissions.

Vattenfall CEO Magnus Hall said: "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 % of the total energy consumption in 2020 shall origin from renewable energy sources."

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) said Horns Rev 3 will be Europe's cheapest offshore wind farm, with the auction driving down the cost of power by 32% from Denmark's last tender for the 400MW Anholt project.

The Horns Rev 3 wind farm, which is subject to approval from the Danish Parliament and the European Union, will receive subsidies for 12 years.

Denmark Minister for Climate, Energy and Building Rasmus Helveg Petersen said: "With Horns Rev 3 Denmark is making windmill history through realising a significant reduction in the cost of establishing offshore wind farms.

"There is no doubt that the power from offshore wind turbines will continue to be an essential part of the green transition and contribute effectively to reducing CO2 in the atmosphere."

Image: Horns Rev offshore wind farm, Denmark. Photo: Courtesy of Heidi Lundsgaard.