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The Danish Energy Agency launches an 8-week public consultation concerning the Plan for Thor Offshore Wind Farm and the related environmental assessment (SEA) of the Plan

01-02-2021

In English:

The DEA launches an 8-week hearing concerning the Plan for Thor and results of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the plan for Thor Offshore Wind Farm. The public hearing, which is a public consultation over the environmental report containing the strategic environmental assessments, runs from 1st February to 12 noon 29th March 2021. As part of the hearing, approximately 5,000 local landowners, relevant organizations and local authorities have received a letter concerning the hearing. Find relevant hearing material, information on how to submit inputs to the hearing, etc. 

For the land-based project, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been carried out in parallel to the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the plan for Thor. The results of this EIA will be published in Spring 2021 with the Environmental Protection Agency being the responsible authority. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the offshore-based part of the project will take place in the period 2022-24, when the winner of the tender for establishing Thor Offshore Wind Farm has been appointed.

In Danish:

Energistyrelsen igangsætter en 8-ugers høring over planen for Thor Havvindmøllepark samt resultaterne af den strategiske miljøvurdering (SMV) af planen

Energistyrelsen igangsætter en 8-ugers høring over planen for Thor Havvindmøllepark samt resultaterne af den strategiske miljøvurdering (SMV) af planen. Høringen, som er en høring over den såkaldte miljørapport med de strategiske miljøvurderinger, løber fra 1. februar til 29. marts 2021. I forbindelse med høringen vil ca. 5.000 lokale borgere, de lokale kommuner og relevante interessenter modtage et brev i eboks om høringen.
Find al relevant høringsmateriale samt information om, hvordan man deltager i høringen mv. 

Miljøkonsekvensvurderingen (VVM) for landanlægget til Thor gennemføres samtidig med den strategiske miljøvurdering, og resultaterne fra denne offentliggøres i foråret 2021 med Miljøstyrelsen som ansvarlig myndighed. Miljøkonsekvensvurderingen (VVM) af det konkrete projekt på havet vil blive gennemført i perioden 2022-24, når vinderen af udbuddet for Thor Havvindmøllepark er udpeget.

Great interest in building the Danish Thor Offshore Wind Farm

14-01-2021

In English:

The Danish Energy Agency has pre-qualified a total of six consortia and companies to participate in the tender for Denmark's to date largest offshore wind farm, Thor Offshore Wind Farm with a capacity of minimum 800-1000 MW. Thor will be located in the North Sea at a distance of a minimum 20 km from the store. By 1 December 2020, the Danish Energy Agency received a total of six applications from a broad field of consortia and companies wishing to bid for the task of building the Thor Offshore Wind Farm. All six consortia and companies meet the established criteria for financial and technical capacity, and the agency has pre-qualified all six of them. 

The selected applicants are the following (in alphabetical order):

  1. SSE Renewables Offshore Windfarm Holdings Limited and Thor OFW K/S (owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure IV Thor OFW ApS and Andel Holding A/S) on behalf of a not yet established subsidiary
  2. Swan Wind P/S (ultimately owned by Eneco Wind B.V. and European Energy A/S)
  3. Thor Wind Farm I/S (owned by RWE Wind Holding A/S and RWE Offshore Wind A/S)
  4. Total Renewables S.A.S and Iberdrola Renovables Internacional S.A.U on behalf of a not yet established entity
  5. Vattenfall Vindkraft A/S on behalf of a not yet established entity
  6. Ørsted Wind Power A/S

The Danish Energy Agency will complete the tender during 2021. The decision on the winner of the tender is expected to be announced at the end of 2021.

Read the press release

In Danish:

Stor interesse for at bygge den kommende Thor Havvindmøllepark

Energistyrelsen har prækvalificeret i alt seks konsortier og selskaber til at deltage i udbuddet af Danmarks hidtil største havmøllepark, Thor Havvindmøllepark på minimum 800-1000 MW. Thor skal ligge i Nordsøen minimum 20 fra kysten ud fra Thorsminde. Energistyrelsen modtog senest 1. december 2020 i alt seks ansøgninger fra et bredt felt af konsortier og selskaber, som ønsker at byde på opgaven med at bygge Thor Havvindmøllepark. Alle seks konsortier og selskaber lever op til de fastsatte kriterier for finansiel og teknisk kapacitet, og styrelsen har prækvalificeret dem alle.

De prækvalificerede tilbudsgivere er (i alfabetisk orden):

  1. SSE Renewables Offshore Windfarm Holdings Limited og Thor OFW K/S (ejet af Copenhagen Infrastructure IV Thor OFW ApS og Andel Holding A/S), som har ansøgt på vegne af et endnu ikke etableret selskab
  2. Swan Wind P/S (ultimativt ejet af Eneco Wind B.V. og European Energy A/S)
  3. Thor Wind Farm I/S (interessenterne i selskabet er RWE Wind Holding A/S, RWE Renewables Denmark A/S og RWE Offshore Wind A/S)
  4. Total Renewables S.A.S og Iberdrola Renovables Internacional S.A.U på vegne af et endnu ikke etableret datterselskab
  5. Vattenfall Vindkraft A/S på vegne af et endnu ikke etableret partnerselskab.
  6. Ørsted Wind Power A/S

Energistyrelsen gennemfører udbuddet i løbet af 2021. Frist for endelig udbud forventes at være 8. november 2021.

Læs pressemeddelelsen 

The Danish Energy Agency publishes contract notice and full tender conditions for Thor Offshore Wind Farm. Pre-qualification process begins.

25-09-2020

In English:

The Danish Energy Agency has today published the contract notice together with the complete tender conditions for the tender for Thor Offshore Wind Farm. The contract notice is published at the EU´s platform for public procurement, Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) and is a binding contract notice. The contract notice officially launches the tender process and the pre-qualification process for Thor.

The tender model for Thor follows the same process as in previous Danish offshore wind tenders, which means is has a pre-qualification phase followed by a negotiation phase. The published tender material contains the tender conditions as well as a pre-qualification document, a draft concession agreement and all necessary licenses, etc. Together with the ongoing preliminary investigations of the area for the wind farm, all this should make it easier for the tenderer to provide a cost-effective bid for the offshore wind farm.

Deadline for application for prequalification is 1 December 2020, and potential bidders will in the period from 1 October to 16 November 2020 be able to ask written questions (Q&A) to the Danish Energy Agency about the tender. The Danish Energy Agency has decided not to hold a public meeting about the tender conditions, as otherwise stated in the Prior Information Notice of 31 March 2020, since the formal, written Q&A-process is considered more appropriate.

The final deadline for the tender is expected to be 8 November 2021. The time table and process is described in more detail in the complete tender material. Almost all material is presented in both English and Danish.

In Danish:

Energistyrelsen offentliggør udbudsbekendtgørelse og udbudsbetingelserne for Thor Havvindmøllepark. Herved startes prækvalificeringsprocessen.

Energistyrelsen har i dag offentliggjort udbudsbekendtgørelse og udbudsbetingelserne for Thor Havvindmøllepark. Udbudsbekendtgørelsen er offentliggjort på EU´s elektroniske udbudsplatform, Tender Electronic Daily (TED), og er bindende. Med offentliggørelsen af udbudsmaterialet kick-startes udbudsproces og prækvalifikationsproces for Thor Havvindmøllepark.

Udbudsmodellen for Thor følger den samme proces som i tidligere danske havvindmølleudbud, som i første omgang indeholder en prækvalificeringsfase efterfulgt af en forhandlingsfase. Det offentliggjorte udbudsmateriale indeholder udbudsbetingelser, krav til prækvalifikation, udkast til koncessionsaftale samt udkast til nødvendige tilladelser og bevilling mv. Sammen med de igangværende forundersøgelser af området for parken, skal det gøre det lettere for byderne at give et omkostningseffektivt bud på havvindmølleparken.

Ansøgningsfrist for prækvalifikation er 1. december 2020, og potentielle bydende vil i perioden 1. oktober til 16. november 2020 kunne stille skriftlige spørgsmål (Q&A) til Energistyrelsen om udbuddet. Energistyrelsen har besluttet alligevel ikke at afholde et offentligt møde om udbudsbetingelserne, som det ellers fremgik af i forhåndsmeddelelsen af 31. marts 2020. Dette skyldes at en skriftlige Q&A-proces anses for mere hensigtsmæssig til at håndtere en sådan dialog.

Frist for endelig udbud forventes at være 8. november 2021. Den samlede tidsplan og proces er beskrevet mere detaljeret i udbudsmaterialet. Hovedparten af materialet foreligger på både engelsk og dansk.

The Danish Energy Agency and Energinet provides access to data from the preliminary investigations of the site for Thor Offshore Wind Farm

13-08-2020

As part of the preliminary investigations for the site for Thor Offshore Wind Farm, Energinet is conducting preliminary geotechnical, geophysical and biological surveys as well as collecting MetOcean data, etc., in accordance with the discussions had with potential bidders and experts at the 13 May 2019 “technical dialogue on site-investigations for Thor”. Moreover, environmental assessments are being carried out, including a Strategic Environmental Assessment and a number of additional surveys. The Danish Energy Agency and Energinet are now providing access to the first results and data from these investigations. The information in the reports and data is primarily aimed at potential bidders, but the environmental reports are also relevant for stakeholders in relation to the environmental assessments process. Parts of the results and data can be downloaded directly from the Thor website. However, some data can only be accessed through following a procedure described at the Thor website, all of which can found here. Data becomes available from August 2020 and until April 2021, where the last data will be uploaded. An overview of all the results and data to be collected, and approximate times for when these are available, can be found at the website, and this overview in table format will also be part of the tender conditions.

In Danish:

Som en del af forundersøgelserne af området for Thor Havvindmøllepark gennemfører Energinet geotekniske, geofysiske og biologiske undersøgelser, samt indsamler MetOcean data, i tråd med hvad der blev aftalt med potentielle bydere og eksperter i forbindelse med 13 maj 2019 technical dialogue on site-investigations for Thor”.  Derudover gennemføres der miljøundersøgelser, herunder en Strategisk Miljøvurdering (SMV) og en række supplerende undersøgelser. Energistyrelsen og Energinet offentliggør nu de første resultater og data fra disse undersøgelser. Informationen i rapporterne er primært rettet mod potentielle bydere, men miljørapporter er også relevante for interessenter i relation til miljøvurderingsprocessen. Dele af resultaterne og data kan tilgås direkte gennem Thor-hjemmesiden. Andre data kan dog kun tilgås ved at følge den procedure beskrevet på Thor-hjemmesiden her. Resultater og data gøres tilgængelige fra august 2020 og frem til april 2021, hvor de sidste data offentliggøres. En oversigt over alle resultater og data der indsamles findes, samt forventede datoer for hvornår de er klar fremgår af hjemmesiden, og denne oversigt på tabel-form vil også være en del af udbudsbetingelserne for Thor-udbuddet.

The Danish Energy Agency publishes answers to questions raised in relation to the Prior Information Notice of 31 March 2020.

02-06-2020

In English:

The Q&A report provides answers to questions raised concerning the Prior Information Notice (PIN) published by the Danish Energy Agency on 31 March 2020. As is the case for the PIN, any answers provided in this Q&A report are non-binding. It will be the tender material and the Contract Notice to be published in Q3 2020, which will provide the binding conditions for the tendering of Thor Offshore Wind Farm. The Q&A-report can be found here.

På dansk:

Energistyrelsen offentliggør svar på spørgsmål rejst i forbindelse med forhåndsmeddelelse offentliggjort 31. marts 2020

Den offentliggjorte “spørgsmål-svar-rapport” giver svar på en række spørgsmål stillet i forbindelse med den forhåndsmeddelelse, som Energistyrelsen offentliggjorde 31. marts 2020. Forhåndsmeddelelsen er en forløber for den egentlige udbudsbekendtgørelse for udbuddet af Thor Havvindmøllepark, som forventes offentliggjort i 3. kvartal 2020.  Som det er et tilfældet med forhåndsmeddelelsen er svarene afgivet i spørgsmål-svar-rapporten ikke bindende, idet det vil være den endelige udbudsbekendtgørelse, som vil indeholde de bindende konditioner for udbuddet af Thor Havvindmøllepark. Spørgsmål-svar-rapporten kan findes her.

The Danish Energy Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency launches a 5-week public hearing concerning environmental assessments related to Thor Offshore Wind Farm

24-04-2020

The DEA and the EPA launches a 5-week hearing concerning the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the plan for Thor Offshore Wind Farm as well as the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the land-based part of the project, which is to be built by Energinet, the Danish TSO. The public hearing, which is an early public consultation in the scoping phase, runs from 24th April to 12 noon 29th May 2020. As part of the hearing, approximately 5,600 local landowners and relevant organizations have received a letter concerning the hearing. All relevant hearing material, information on how to submit inputs to the hearing, etc. is available. Find the material (in Danish). The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the offshore-based part of the project will take place in the period 2022-24, when the winner of the tender for establishing Thor Offshore Wind Farm has been appointed. The DEA is the responsible authority for the SEA of the plan for Thor Offshore Wind Farm while the EPA is the responsible authority for the EIA of the land-based project.

The Danish Energy Agency publishes notice on Thor-tender on EU Tenders Electronic Daily (TED)

31-03-2020

The Danish Energy Agency has today published a so-called prior information notice on EU´s platform for public procurement, Tenders Electronic Daily (TED). The purpose of this notice is to inform the market as widely as possible about the forthcoming tendering of Thor Offshore Wind Farm.

The notice is non-binding, and is primarily an opportunity for market players to make adequate preparations for the forthcoming tendering process. The notice will be followed by a binding contract notice, which officially will launch the tendering process and pre-qualification process. The publication of the contract notice together with the complete tender conditions is planned for Q3 2020.

The prior information notice informs about a range of important details such as the size and nature of the project, contract value, geographical location, subsidy scheme, pre-qualification criteria, etc. These details play an important role for who will be able to bid for Thor, and who wish to participate in bidding for Thor. In case some bidders wish to, or see it necessary to, form consortia or use certain suppliers, one of the main aims of the prior information notice is for them to start the building of such necessary consortia.

Together with the prior information notice, a set of supporting documents are published on the tendering process, participation in the tender, the subsidy scheme and award criteria as well as an overview of all available background material on the tender.

The prior information notice and supporting documents for the tender

Q&A concerning the prior information notice open until 24 April 2020

It is possible to raise written questions to the prior information notice for a limited period of time until 24 April 2020 by sending any questions to thor@ens.dk. Questions and answers will be published ongoing on the Thor website.

New timing of the grid connection for Thor offshore wind farm

13-03-2020

As outlined in the Energy Agreement of 2018, Thor shall be grid connected in the period 2024-2027.

As part of the market dialogue held on Thor,  a majority of market players made it clear that they would not be able to grid connect Thor until Q1 2025, thus emphasizing that the planned grid connection for Q2 2024 would be needless.  In order to optimize the possibilities for cost savings, it has been decided to provide the Danish TSO, Energinet, with the flexibility to adjust the grid connection to Q1 2025, should this be the most advantageous considering the need for connecting land based renewable production capacity to the grid (see also related news on selecting northern landfall for Thor the grid connection).

The adjustment of the grid connection does not change the overall plans for Thor, which is scheduled to be fully commissioned by the end of 2027.

Thor and any Danish CO2-reductions will not be delayed, and the adjustments to the time-table is purely a direct consequence of the market dialogue. The market dialogue had a primary objective of ensuring that the tender conditions provide the lowest possible bid prices and thus the lowest possible cost for the green transition of the Danish economy. Adjustments based on input from the market dialogue has been an explicit principle in the political negotiations about the tender, and is a central element of the Danish model for offshore wind, which has proved its worth in this situation.

Northern landfall selected for Thor grid connection

13-03-2020

Energinet and the Danish Energy Agency has decided that the export cables from Thor Offshore Wind Farm will have its landfall at Tuskær north of Nissum Fjord. Accordingly, the possibility for a landfall south of Nissum Fjord has been cancelled.

This decision is primarily based on considerable cost savings to be realized by grid connecting north of Nissum Fjord, where the planned nearshore substation can serve both the Thor grid connection and up to 400 MW PV-solar installations planned in the area. Thus, the substation will serve 1.400 MW installed renewable energy.

In addition to this, the preliminary environmental site-investigations has proved that there are certain environmental advantages for using the northern landfall. Fewer landowners and neighbors will be affected. There will be fewer archaeological occurrences. The need for crossing streams will be smaller, and shorter stretches with forest etc. will be affected. Finally, a parcel has been identified in the north, where the view to the substation will be limited, while a substation located in the south would cause more disturbance in terms of the landscape and proximity to neighbors. 

The Danish Energy Agency publishes answers raised in the market dialogue on Thor Offshore Wind Farm

07-02-2020

To follow up on the market dialogue on Thor Offshore Wind Farm held in November 2019, the Danish Energy Agency now publishes answers to questions raised as part of the dialogue on the tender procedures.

The published questions and answers clarify a range of issues in the tender, hereunder about the time-table, the process for environmental assessments, the subsidy scheme, the capacity for the wind farm, the grid connection, prequalification, etc.:
Q&A report on Thor market dialogue.

There are some questions, which remains to be answered, and which will be published in the coming period at the Thor-website and through the Thor-newsletter.

Presentations from the Market Dialogue on 25 November 2019 are now available

03-12-2019

The Danish Energy Agency thanks all who participated in the successful market dialogue conference on 25 November 2019. The purposes of the market dialogue conference were to consider the timetable for the tendering process, conditions for prequalification, award criteria and financial terms, process for environmental assessments and issues concerning grid connection.

You are welcome to send questions regarding the Thor Offshore Wind Farm until December 6 2019  at thor@ens.dk

The questions and answers will be anonymized and made public on ens.dk/thor in January 2020.

The presentations and other material from the market dialogue conference are available in the section “Thor Market Dialogues

Detailed material for the Market Dialogue on 25 Nov

15-11-2019

The Danish Energy Agency and Energinet publishes detailed material concerning central elements and questions, which will be discussed with the market players at the market dialogue on 25 Nov 2019 in Copenhagen.

Read more about the market dialogue and find the detailed material here:

Thor Market Dialogues

Press releases

  • See also the press release about the dialogue material here 
  • The political parties has reached an agreement concerning the subsidy scheme for Thor Offshore Wind Farm, which is a first step on the way towards a subsidy free future for offshore wind, read more here (in Danish only)

Program and marketing material for 25 Nov Market Dialogue published

01-11-2019

The Danish Energy Agency and Energinet publishes the program for the Market Dialogue on the Thor Offshore Wind Farm tendering procedure to be held 25 November 2019 in Copenhagen. At the same time, marketing material describing the Thor-project and related timetable and tender process is published.

Read more about the market dialogue 

Baseline surveys regarding marine bird distribution at the Thor site

03-10-2019

Study 1: Number and distribution of birds in and around two potential offshore wind farm areas in the Danish North Sea and Kattegat (DCE, 2019)

The Danish Energy Agency requested a total of ten surveys of birds conducted in two areas of interest in the North Sea and in Kattegat, five surveys in each area. The surveys were conducted as aerial line transect surveys from December 2018 until April 2019. This publication reports the findings of the surveys. Relevant bird species for each of the two areas are described, and thematic maps are presented.

Number and distribution of birds – DCE Report 2019

Study 2: Site selection for offshore wind farms in Danish waters Investigations of bird distribution and abundance (DHI, 2019)

In connection with the Danish Energy Agency's screening for new areas for development of offshore wind farms, four gross areas have been identified for the upcoming 800 MW offshore wind farms, consisting of the areas Thor/Ringkøbing (North Sea), Jammerbugt, Hesselø and Krieger’s Flak. As part of the screening, this report provides reviews and analyses of existing knowledge of bird occurrence in the four areas with the aim to strengthen the basis for decision-making for the location of future offshore wind farms. The key species investigated in the four areas are: Ringkøbing/Thor and Jammerbugt: Red-/Black-throated Diver, Common Scoter.

Site selection – Investigation of bird distribution and abundance 

New approach for completing environmental assessments for Thor offshore wind farm is being launched

24-09-2019

Read the press release

Invitation to market dialogue on the tendering process and results from Q&A

05-09-2019

Invitation to market dialogue on the tendering process for Thor Offshore wind farm published. Moreover, results from Q&A-process on technical dialogue on site investigations held 13th May 2019 published.

Read invitation to market dialogue in English

Read invitation to market dialogue in Danish

Read results of the dialogue on Thor Site investigations, workshop Q and A

Technical dialogue on site-investigations held in Copenhagen

13-05-2019