Thor offshore wind farm

About Thor

As part of the Energy Agreement 2018, all political parties stood behind a decision to build three new offshore wind farms in Denmark before 2030.

On February 28th 2019, the parties to the Energy Agreement decided that the first of the three offshore wind farms should be located in the North Sea west of Nissum Fjord, and at a distance of min. 20 km from the shore.

The new wind farm is named “Thor” after Thorsminde, the nearest village on the shore of Jutland. The offshore wind farm will have a capacity of min. 800 MW and max. 1.000 MW.

This site will post news and documents related to the tender process for the Thor offshore wind farm.

Read press release (in Danish)

Read fact sheet about Thor offshore wind farm

On 13 May, the DEA and the Danish TSO, Energinet, hosted a technical dialogue on site-investigations for the Thor site, where relevant stakeholders participated.

Read press release about dialogue on site-investigations

Download Program for Technical dialogue on site-investigations

Presentations from Technical dialogue on site-investigations
 

Introduction: Technical dialogue on site-investigations for Thor offshore wind farm tender

Program for seabed investigations

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Environmentat Investigations

Fine-screening of the Danish sea territory for the establishment of new offshore wind farms

On behalf of the DEA, COWI A/S has done a screening of four areas located at the North Sea (near Ringkøbing), Hesselø, Jammerbugt and Kriegers Flak.

The screening confirms that it is possible to build offshore wind farms in all the four surveyed areas in relation to aspects concerning nature, environment and planning. However, there are parts of the surveyed areas which need further data-collection and assessments, not the least bird-surveys. The screening also delivers an overview of the economic ranking of the four areas based on LCOE.

Fine-screening of the sea-territory for the establishment of new offshore wind (in Danish)

Appendix A – Seabed and geological conditions (in Danish)

Appendix B – Environmental screening (in Danish)

Appendix C – Wind resource, layouts and energy production (in Danish)

Appendix D – Electrical transmission (in Danish)

Licence for pre-investigation concerning Thor offshore wind farm

On the 27th June 2019 the Danish Energy Agency has granted Energinet the licence for pre-investigation concerning Thor offshore wind farm. The licence is valid until 1st April 2021. The DEA has also determined that the pre-investigations will not have a significant impact on the environment and do not require an environmental impact assessment (EIA). The main project itself does require environmental assessment and will consequently undergo environmental assessment in the near future, including hearings with citizens and stakeholders. The licence for pre-investigation does not allow for the establishment of wind turbines per se. Moreover, it has not been decided whether wind turbines can be established in the area.

It is possible to launch an appeal concerning the DEA decision, referring to § 66 of the Renewable Energy Act (VE-loven). Such an appeal must be launched with the Danish Energy Appeal Board, Toldboden 2, 8800 Viborg. The appeal should be launched in writing within 4 weeks after the license has been granted. The license cannot be used prior to the expiration of the 4-week period.  

Download the license (in Danish)

Jeppe Lundbæk
Chief Advisor (+45) 3392 7553