Ørsted, a Danish energy company, has submitted a request for permission to extend Sweden’s offshore wind capacity by 15 GW. The capacity will be extended by the company near Sweden’s southern tip and the Gulf of Bothnia in the north. According to the report, if approved, the projected capacity may be provided over the following ten years. With the additional capacity, Ørsted hopes to lower power costs and encourage the growth of new green industries.
Ørsted’s ongoing plan for 3 GW of renewable energy capacity in Sweden is complemented with the most recent plan. The new application will bring the company’s portfolio in the country to 18 GW, more than enough to provide all of Sweden’s power needs. The 1.5 GW Skaane Offshore Wind farm, which is situated on the southern coast and might be operational by 2029, is one of Ørsted’s’s ongoing projects in the country. The company’s proposal to expand the area’s offshore wind capacity coincides with plans by Swedish grid operator Svenska kraftnaet to expand the country’s transmission network to its maritime territory.
In December 2022, Ørsted and Skovgaard Energy signed a letter of intent to cooperate on the development of a Power-to-X facility in one of Denmark’s most attractive sites. The facility would be constructed in stages and can, thus, play a crucial part in both the construction of a large-scale renewable hydrogen export industry for the green transformation of Europe as well as in the launch of the Danish Power-to-X industry.