Wind energy industry
Dong quits onshore wind
At the end of December, Dong issued a statement declaring an agreement had been reached to divest its shareholding in the Swedish onshore wind farm Storrun and the Norwegian onshore development company Zephyr. Future wind activities will instead focus on the offshore market, where Dong Energy holds a leading position, having installed approximately one third of Europe’s offshore wind farms.
“Today, offshore wind is the fastest growing renewable energy technology in Europe, and it’s within offshore wind that Dong Energy has its key competences,” said Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President of Dong Energy Wind Power. In 2013 the company had already terminated its involvement in the Polish and Danish onshore wind energy markets. In September it decided to cash in on its sole French onshore asset. According to the company statement, Dong has sold its 80 percent share in the 30-megawatt (MW) onshore wind farm Storrun in Sweden to Australian pension fund Prime Super.
Its 33 percent stake in Zephyr, a Norwegian based onshore development company, has since been divested to the three existing Norwegian co-shareholders Østfold Energi, Vardar and Energiselskapet Buskerud. Dong Energy recently received permission from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change for the Hornsea 1 offshore project, with a total capacity of up to 1.2 gigawatts (GW).
Permission has also been granted for two other offshore projects in the UK: the Burbo Bank Extension, with a total capacity of up to 258 MW, and the Walney Extension, with up to 660 MW. Once the construction of Westermost Rough in the United Kingdom and Borkum Riffgrund 1 and Gode Wind 1+2 in Germany is complete, the company will have installed a total capacity of approximately 3,600 MW in the United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark.