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Vattenfall to proceed with Danish near shore wind farms

A majority in the Danish Parliament (Folketing) on November, 18th that it will approve Danish Near Shore (DNS) wind farms. This means that Vattenfall can proceed with plans to develop the 350 MW project off Denmark's west coast.

On September 12, the Danish authorities announced that Vattenfall had won the tender to develop and build wind farms on two sites off the west coast of Jutland. The winning bid was € 0.05 per kWh. Since the result of the tender was made public in September, a political debate has been going on in Denmark as to whether these near-shore projects should be approved or not. Major argument to ban the project was, that building wind farms near the shore would disturb the view of the horizon too much. The announcement by the Danish Folketing now means that this type of wind farm is now approved.

"We are really pleased that the Government and a majority in the Folketing has now confirmed that we can start building these near shore wind farms. This means that Vattenfall will further strengthen its position as a leading wind power producer in Denmark. At the same time it means more affordable renewable electricity for the Danish population and a quicker route to making Denmark independent of fossil fuels," says Magnus Hall, CEO and President of Vattenfall.

The next step for Vattenfall will be to initiate the procurement of the main components and services so that the construction phase can start as planned in 2019. The first power will be supplied in 2020.