Hexicon applies for floating wind permit in Skagerrak

The Swedish company has applied for a permit to develop a floating wind farm 35 kilometers offshore of Lysekil on Sweden's eastern coast.

Photo: Hexicon

The Norwegian Environment Agency has received notice from Swedish authorities about plans to establish Mareld, a proposed floating offshore wind farm to be developed by Swedish company Hexicon and located in the waters of Skagerrak off Sweden's eastern coast.

Mareld could come to feature a total of 230 floating wind turbines with tip heights of 350 meters. Moreover, the facility's zoning entails keeping within a maximum area of 499 square kilometers.

The offshore wind farm has a projected annual generation of 12 TWh.

"An advantage of floating foundations is that the facility can be placed in deeper waters and thus further from land. That means less disturbance to bird life and recreation and has significantly less visual impact," Hexicon writes in its application:

"Another advantage with wind turbines upon floating foundations is that construction work on the seabed will be considerably less extensive and result in a reduced dispersal of sediment and less noise compared to fixed-bottom foundations because only anchors are needed. Wind turbines can be assembled onshore and then towed to location, shorting construction time at sea."

Photo: Hexicon
Photo: Hexicon

The notice sent to the Norwegian authority takes place pursuant of the Espoo convention, which covers environmental impact assessments (EIAs) in transnational contexts.

After a public consultation period, extending until Aug. 13, 2021, an EIA report will be made to ascertain how the proposed wind farm could affect marine bird species, commercial fishery and shipping.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

Shell jumps aboard Norwegian offshore wind tender

Stiesdal installs first floating wind turbine

Outlook to big project convinced Ørsted to pursue floating wind 

Aker Offshore Wind strikes deal on floating wind in Sweden



More from EnergyWatch

EU to address stalled Danish nearshore wind project

Developer European Energy has received a positive response from the EU regarding project Omø Syd, which is currently on hold due to considerations over migratory birds. The European Parliament has now requested that the Commission launch an investigation into the matter.

Board reshuffle to boost Obton

The Danish solar investor has appointed new board members and now aims to quadruple its photovoltaic business ahead of 2025.

Seadrill secures comprehensive restructuring deal

John Fredriksen's strained drilling company Seadrill has settled a comprehensive restructuring agreement with a majority of its lenders, which among other things reduced the company's debt liabilities by almost USD 5bn.

Further reading

Related articles

Trial banner

Latest News

See all jobs