Wind Energy – Sweden
Mainstream Renewable Power and Hexicon’s joint venture in Sweden, Freja Offshore, has submitted an application under the Swedish Economic Zone Act (SEZ) for the Cirrus offshore wind farm in the southern Baltic Sea.
Cirrus is approximately 50 kilometers southeast of Karlskrona, within Sweden’s economic zone. Once fully developed, Cirrus will have a capacity of up to 2 GW and the potential to provide electricity to half a million homes in southern Sweden.
Southern Sweden is in urgent need of increased electricity production to meet the region’s growing demand, to ensure affordable electricity, and to create jobs and other economic benefits.
The Cirrus wind farm is estimated to be able to produce up to 10TWh annually in electricity, enough to power all the homes in Blekinge, Skåne, Kalmar, Kronoberg, and Halland counties. The connection to the power grid is planned to take place in price zone 4.
Freja Offshore estimates that Cirrus can also benefit the local economy and create many new jobs in Blekinge both during the construction and operational phases.
The intention is for Cirrus to be a bottom-fixed offshore wind farm, while Freja Offshore will explore the possibility of using floating wind turbines for the deepest area. The wind farm is designed to maximise coexistence with other users of the ocean and to meet important societal interests, with special consideration given to the Swedish Armed Forces and their needs.