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    Eolus has submitted an application to the Swedish government seeking approval to construct the 147-turbine, 2200MW Skidbladner floating offshore wind farm, located 20 kilometers north of Gotska Sandön.


    The company estimates that the wind farm will produce 11.7 TWh of electricity annually, which is equivalent to half of the current electricity consumption in Stockholm County or more than ten times the electricity needs of Gotland.


    Per Witalisson, chief executive, said “Given the enormous need for new electricity production in Sweden, offshore wind power will need to be expanded gradually over many years to come. A wind farm of this size would therefore make a significant contribution to the Swedish electricity supply.”


    Eolus is also planning multiple offshore wind farms in Swedish waters, including two in the Swedish economic zone off Gotland: Skidbladner and Herkules. Together, these projects could provide Sweden with 4.6 GW of installed capacity and generate approximately 25 TWh of electricity annually.


    Skidbladner, which has reached a significant milestone with the submission of this application, spans an area of about 1400 square kilometers. The project could include up to 147 wind turbines, each with a maximum height of 360 meters to the blade tip, mounted on floating foundations anchored to the seabed.


    Coordinator of Energy Island Gotland, Lars Thomsson,  commented “The goal is for Gotland to have a completely renewable energy system by 2040, and initiatives like the Skidbladner offshore wind farm fit very well into that plan.”


    The Skidbladner wind farm site is situated around 100 kilometers southeast of Stockholm and 20 kilometers north of Gotska Sandön. It is expected to be completed by 2033.


    Head of offshore wind power at Eolus, Anna Lundsgård, added “One advantage of floating wind power is that it can be placed further out from the coast where wind conditions are even better and the visual impact is minimal. Eolus was a pioneer when we started as a wind power developer in the 90s. Now we look forward to being among the first to realise floating wind power in the Baltic Sea.”


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