Denmark pauses offshore wind tender

Muddy seabed conditions have prompted the nation's authorities to pause the Hesselø tender of up to 1.2 GW indefinitely. A hard blow, says sector lobby, calling for action elsewhere.

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Denmark's forthcoming offshore wind project, Hesselø, will not be tendered as planned this year. Contradicting an earlier site screening, transmission system operator Energinet's preliminary assessments now show soft clay sediment on the seabed, especially on the top 20-30 meters of the designated project site. This could result in technical difficulties during installation, the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) reports in a statement on the decision.

At the moment, the seafloor's integrity is being studied and this is expected to last until the autumn, after which the the DEA counts on re-soliciting bidders to market dialog and to discuss the implications of the evaluation's results. Only then will a decision be made about the further process of tendering the 800-1,200 MW project.

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