Vattenfall has selected the Port of Hvide Sande on the Danish West Coast as its base for operating and maintaining it Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm. The project, located off the Danish coast in the North Sea, is currently being commissioned and is expected to be operational this summer. When the facility is established, service vessels will depart with service technicians and equipment on a daily basis from Hvide Sande to the wind farm approximately 25-40 kilometres off the coast in the North Sea. The operation and maintenance from Hvide Sande will begin when the warranty period ends with MHI Vestas in 2024. Until then, investigations will be conducted on what exact facilities will be needed at the port. “We expect to employ 25-30 full-time staff working out of Hvide Sande and establish a Vattenfall facility at the port. On top of this, we and our partners will need local suppliers. We will be looking for a range of services from engineering support of our equipment and vessels to cleaning and building maintenance”, says Director of Operation and Maintenance Offshore, Erik Hiensch. Horns Rev 3 is poised to be Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm and boost the Danish electricity production from wind with around 12 per cent. Turbine installation was completed in January, with 49 MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW units standing at the site. Work was completed using Fred. Olsen Windcarriers jack-up vessel Brave Tern.The Port of Esbjerg was used as the projects installation and pre-assembly port. When complete, the 406.7MW Vattenfall owned project is expected to be capable of providing enough power to satisfy the annual electricity consumption of 425,000 Danish households. It is located 20km from shore, near the Horns Rev 1 and Horns Rev 2 offshore wind farms. Vattenfall is also currently developing the 610MW Kriegers Flak and 350MW Vesterhav Nord and Vesterhav Syd wind farms off the coast of Denmark. Construction permission for Kriegers Flak was granted to Vattenfall in November 2016 with a winning bid of €49.9/MWh. The wind farm will also establish an interconnection between the Danish and German mainland grids via two subsea cables connecting Kriegers Flak to the Baltic 1 and Baltic 2 wind farms. This interconnector will therefore allow for an increased exchange of electricity between Denmark and Germany. Vattenfall won the Danish near-shore wind tender for Vesterhav Nord and Vesterhav Syd back in September 2016 with a bid of DKK 475/MWh (€63.8/MWh). The two sites are located off the west coast of Jutland, and will have a total capacity of 350MW. Vesterhav Syd will be the larger of the two sites, with a 180MW capacity, and Vesterhav Nord will have a 170MW capacity. Combined, the projects are expected to provide sustainable energy for 375,000 households annually. For more information on offshore wind farms, click here.