May 19 (Renewables Now) - Swedish power generator Vattenfall AB today said its offshore wind project at Swedish Kriegers Flak has taken a key step forward with the award of construction permit by the Swedish government.
The project calls for the installation of 40 to 50 wind turbines totalling about 640 MW. The developer will now work on securing further necessary permits and electricity grid connection, with an investment decision eyed 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 for the deployment of larger turbines. In the years since the project was envisioned, parts of the Kriegers Flak wind farm area have been designated a Natura 2000 zone and the turbines therefore are planned to be positioned at a sufficient distance from sensitive habitats.
Welcoming the construction permit, Vattenfall president and chief executive Anna Borg said that “ [i]f Sweden is to be able to meet customers' future electricity needs, 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 kilometres (18.6 miles) south of the Swedish coast. The Danish and German sections of Kriegers Flak each house an offshore wind farm, with one of them being Vattenfall’s 604-MW project named Kriegers Flak.