March 29 (Renewables Now) - The construction of two offshore wind farms totalling 350 MW, Vesterhav Syd and Nord, has been pushed to 2023 from 2020, the projects’ turbine supplier Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME: SGRE) said in a regulatory filing on Friday.
Siemens Gamesa received the news from the client, two special purpose companies owned by Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall AB, according to the filing. The agreement for the supply, operation and maintenance (O&M) of 41 offshore wind turbines that will be installed in Danish waters of the North Sea, is still in place.
In late 2017, Vattenfall placed the order with Siemens Gamesa for a total of 113 turbines, 72 units for the 605-MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea and 41 for Vesterhav Syd and Nord. The final investment decision (FID) for Kriegers Flak was taken in December 2018. Vattenfall then said it would wait for the result of an appeal process at the Danish Energy Board of Appeals before taking the FID for Vesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord.
This February, the Energy Board of Appeal cancelled and withdrew the part of Vesterhav Syd’s construction licence that concerns the environmental impact assessment (EIA). The Board’s decision means that a new EIA process had to be initiated.