Dong cautious about Danish nearshore projects

Smaller-scale offshore wind may not suit developer's strategy

The world's leading developer of offshore wind, Dong Energy, may not seek to build the eight nearshore projects announced earlier this month by the Danish government.

"We have seen the list of sites that have been selected, but we are not certain that the tenders will fit our project model," a Dong spokesperson told Windpower Offshore.

The eight sites earmarked for nearshore development are to have a combined capacity of about 500MW.

While the locations of the eight projects have now been identified, there remain many questions about how they will proceed to construction. It has not yet been decided whether one company will be awarded rights for all the sites or whether several developers will share them.

"As market leader we are always monitoring the development and projects in the offshore market and analyse where our competencies will be used at its best," said the spokesperson, adding that Denmark's regulations for nearshore wind energy are not as comprehensive as those for onshore and large-scale offshore projects.

Dong is Denmark's largest offshore wind developer, and is currently building the 400MW Anholt project, in which it holds a 50% stake. The company owns 388.8MW in Danish offshore wind assets - with 200MW soon to come online from Anholt.

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