08 April 2010

Dong unveils plans for giant 400MW offshore wind farm

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Dong bids for Danish offshore wind farm deal, as Vestas secures flurry of new international deals

Denmark's position as one of the world's leading wind energy markets was underlined this week, when utility Dong Energy announced plans for a 400MW offshore wind farm and turbine manufacturer Vestas confirmed that it has secured a flurry of new orders in the past few days.

State-owned energy firm Dong confirmed yesterday that it has bid for the rights to build the proposed 400MW offshore wind farm off the Danish island of Anholt at an estimated cost of 10bn Danish Crowns ($1.8bn).

According to Bloomberg reports, Dong is in the box seat to secure the deal after it was the only wind park developer to meet a Danish government deadline to bid for the project. A final decision is now expected from the Danish Energy Agency on 19 April.

The company said that if its bid is successful it expects to begin supplying power from the facility by 2012, with the entire project scheduled for completion in 2013. Overall the wind farm will provide power to around 400,000 homes.

Dong is fast establishing itself as a global leader in the development of large-scale wind farms. It already operates the largest offshore facility in the form of the 209MW Horns Rev 2 site in the North Sea, and is part of the consortium to build the 630MW London Array in the Thames Estuary.

(businessGreen.com)

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