The two offshore wind farms that yesterday (16 May) received the Swedish government’s go-ahead will be able to supply up to 6.5 TWh of electricity per year, which corresponds to the electricity production from one large nuclear power reactor, according to the government.
As reported earlier, Vattenfall and OX2 received approval for the construction of their 1.2 GW Kattegat Syd and the 400 MW Galene part of the Galatea-Galene project, respectively.
The wind farms will add a total of up to 101 turbines in the Swedish part of the Kattegat and will be able to produce up to 6.5 TWh of electricity annually, once operational. According to a press release from the Swedish Ministry of Climate and Enterprise, this corresponds to the electricity demand of approximately one million households or the electricity production of one large nuclear power reactor.
“We are now creating the conditions for the production of electricity which is long-awaited by companies in southern and western Sweden so that they can switch from fossil to fossil-free production. These two new wind farms are estimated to contribute 6.5 TWh to electricity production in southwestern Sweden, where the need for more fossil-free electricity is the greatest”, said Sweden’s Climate and Environment Minister, Romina Pourmokhtari.
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