UPDATE - Vattenfall seeks deadline extension for Vesterhav projects

Siemens Gamesa's SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine. Image source: Ørsted

March 29 (Renewables Now) - Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall AB has asked the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) to extend the commissioning deadline for the 350-MW Vesterhav Syd & Nord nearshore wind projects to 2023.

The company announced this in a statement today, saying that it has cancelled and will be redoing the tenders for work on these projects due to the fact that a new environmental impact assessment (EIA) process had to be initiated. Vattenfall, though, noted it is still fully committed to the projects.

“Since a supplementary environmental impact assessment will take up to 1.5 year the circumstances under which Vattenfall tendered some of the main components have changed substantially and we can no longer keep these tenders open,” stated Michael Simmelsgaard, Head for Offshore Wind and Country Manager for Vattenfall in Denmark.

The tenders that will be relaunched at a later stage cover the production and installation of foundations, transmission pieces and inter array cables as well as the installation of turbines for both projects. Earlier on Friday, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) said it was informed that the start of construction work on the two coastal wind farms is being delayed, but pointed out that the existing order for 41 offshore wind turbines is still in place.

“We believe that our project is in line with the original environmental impact assessment. Nevertheless, we have to factor in the possibility that the supplementary assessment will result in one or more turbines being moved,” commented Simmelsgaard.

Vattenfall further said that onshore transmission cable works will continue as this is not dependent on any potential changes to the wind farms.

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