The wind farm has an expected capacity of 600MW and will be operational by the end of this year
The construction of Kriegers Flak, Denmark’s biggest offshore wind farm has begun in earnest. It was awarded a license to produce electricity by the Danish Energy Agency and within a week, the farm’s first turbine has been installed. The wind farm is being developed and operated by Vattenfall Denmark, a major player in the country’s offshore wind market. The wind farm is expected to have a capacity of up to 600MW and spans an area of 132 km2 in the Baltic Sea. The construction is reported to be proceeding as per schedule and will be operational by the end of this year.
Catrin Jung, Head of Offshore Wind in Vattenfall, said: “Kriegers Flak makes a significant contribution in the Nordic region to our goal of enabling fossil-free living. It is a unique project integrating offshore wind production and interconnectivity between two countries – Denmark and Germany. And at the same time, it signals that the exploitation of the Baltic Sea’s huge potential for offshore wind is now gaining momentum.”
Kriegers Flak is expected to increase Denmark’s production of wind-powered electricity by 16% more than in 2019. It is projected that the electricity produced will be enough to meet the energy demands of 600,000 Danish homes annually. Jacob Nørgaard Andersen, Country Manager at Vattenfall Denmark, said: “We are proud that the first of many turbines at Kriegers Flak is now in place and ready to produce electricity. We expect that households and industry in one of the coming days will receive the first fossil-free electricity from the turbine. It is an important milestone in the project, it is happening on schedule and it is fantastic to see the offshore wind farm take shape.”
The wind farm requires a total of 72 turbines, which are being developed by Siemens Gamesa. Each of the 72 wind turbines is 187 meters tall, and each foundation weighs up to 800 tonnes. Each part of the turbine is first assembled at Roenne Port on the Danish island of Bornholm. They are then shipped in sets of 4 to the offshore construction site of the wind farm. Vattenfall Denmark will commission the turbines by-the-by as they are installed on the farm.