Triton Offshore Wind Farm Granted Natura 2000 Permit for Swift Development
Posted 16/08/2023 13:39
Swedish offshore wind developer OX2 has announced that its Triton offshore wind farm, situated off the southern coast of Sweden, has successfully obtained a Natura 2000 permit, marking a significant milestone for the project's advancement.
The County Administrative Board concluded its review process in June by recommending that the Swedish government issue a permit for Triton in accordance with the Act on Sweden's Exclusive Economic Zone. Pending final government approval, construction of the Triton wind farm could commence as early as 2027, with production scheduled to start prior to 2030.
Positioned 23 kilometers off the coast of Skåne, the Triton wind farm is projected to have an installed capacity of up to 1.5 GW. It is estimated to generate approximately 7 TWh of electricity annually, equivalent to about half of Skåne's electricity consumption.
Emelie Zakrisson, Head of Development of Offshore Wind in Sweden at OX2, expressed enthusiasm about the expeditious handling of permit applications by the authorities. Zakrisson highlighted OX2's commitment to swift construction initiation, noting that they have simultaneously initiated a grid connection concession application and secured agreements with key suppliers. With a targeted construction period of three years, the Triton wind farm could contribute to electricity generation before 2030.
Triton is among the trio of projects collaboratively developed by OX2 and Ingka Investments in Sweden. The other projects include Galene on the west coast, recently approved by the government, and Aurora located between the Gotland and Öland islands, which is currently in preparation under the oversight of the Gotland County Administrative Board.
In line with OX2's sustainability objectives, all projects, including Triton, aim to achieve a nature-positive status by 2030. This entails enhancing biodiversity and ecological conditions. For Triton, this involves initiatives such as supporting the cod population and implementing measures to mitigate shoreline erosion.
Emelie Zakrisson reaffirmed OX2's commitment to environmental conservation, stating, "We are dedicated to developing projects that have a positive impact on nature by 2030. This includes actions to bolster biodiversity, such as promoting the well-being of cod populations and exploring strategies to protect coastal areas from erosion."