Denmark starts tender for 350 MW near-shore wind

Wednesday, 25 February, 2015 - 11:30

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) has started its tender for the construction and operation of a total capacity of up to 350 MW wind energy off the Danish coast.

The tender is a multisite tender, which means six areas will be offered for tender in which up to 200 MW can be installed. An exception is the area of Bornholm, where a maximum of 50 MW can be installed. Due to the multisite tender, all sites will compete against each other. Tenderers can submit offers for more than one tender, if the overall capacity does not surpass 350 MW.  

There will be a price cap for the near-shore wind turbines. Unless there are no suitable bidders which fulfil this condition, no tenders will be considered whose average price is above 0.70 DKK/kWh. This price cap resulted from a political growth agreement in September 2014, where also the volume of the tender had been cut by 100 MW (from 450 to 350 MW).

The owner of a concession will build and operate the wind farm and the export cable for its grid connection at the on shore connection point. Concessions will be awarded by the DEA to those offers that make it possible to build wind farms with the highest capacity at the lowest total average price. The license and authorisation relevant for the operation phase will be given for 25 years with the possibility of prolongation. Concession agreements will offer a fixed price per kWh for 50,000 full load hours and the fixed price will not be indexed.

The near-shore wind farm sites are named: Vesterhav Nord, Vesterhav Syd, Sæby, Sejerø Bugt, Smålandsfarvandet, and Bornholm. You can find the coordinates for each of the pre-investigation areas at the DEA homepage. The use of the seabed at these sites will be limited to 44 km2 for 200 MW installed capacity. The definitive location can be chosen by the concessionaires – within the limits of the Environmental Impact Assessments Directive.

The draft of the full tender specification is expected to be published in March 2015 and the deadline to apply for prequalification is 26 May 2015.

Tanja Peschel / DEA

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