DONG Energy submitted a binding tender to the Danish Energy Agency for the concession to build a 400 MW offshore wind farm off the Danish island of Anholt in the Kattegat.
If the concession is awarded to DONG Energy, the total investment is expected to represent up to DKK 10 billion.
“Building Anholt offshore wind farm will be an important milestone in the expansion of renewable energy production in Denmark. DONG Energy has built half of the largest offshore wind farms in the world, making us one of the market leaders within this segment. The project will also fit well into our 85-15 plan to significantly increase our portfolio of renewable energy and to reduce CO2 emissions. Therefore, we found it natural to bid for Anholt offshore wind farm,” said Anders Eldrup, CEO of DONG Energy.
Anholt offshore wind farm is expected to supply its first power in 2012 and to be finally completed in 2013. The wind farm will be able to supply CO2-free power corresponding to the annual power consumption of 400,000 Danish households, or four per cent of Denmark's total power consumption.
In 2009, DONG Energy built the world's largest wind farm, Horns Rev 2, which has a capacity of 209 MW and is situated in the Danish sector of the North Sea, as well as a similar wind farm in the UK. DONG Energy is currently building two offshore wind farms in the UK and is the operator of several wind farms in Northern Europe.
The winner of the concession for Anholt offshore wind farm is expected to be announced on 19 April 2010. Until then, DONG Energy will not be able to provide any further details concerning the project.