European Energy is by no means done with Omø Syd. The administrative procedures involving the wind project have been underway for more than eight years before the project was halted last winter just prior to the construction phase. This was due to the possibility that the waters of Smålandsfarvandet might be classified as a bird protection zone.
The designation has since been approved to protect populations of common eider and red-necked grebe.
This effectively precludes the construction of offshore wind turbines in the area. Even so, this hasn't extinguished European Energy's enthusiasm just yet, says CEO Knud Erik Andersen to Danish business daily Berlingske.
"Our project already has an approved environmental impact assessment that supports the notion that coexistence is possible between our wind farm and birdlife. Now we're reopening and expanding the assessment to include the conditions that we're now situated in a Natura 2000 area. That's something entirely unique in and of itself, and it means that we must step things up even further," says Andersen to Berlingske.
However, Omø Syd won't be completed by 2025 as expected. Instead, the wind farm will be completed in 2025-2026, the CEO tells Berlingske.