Nordic electric grid constrains large offshore wind farms

Limits on how much of a drop is allowed to impact the Nordic synchronous grid make it expensive to set up offshore wind farms far from land, says Statnett’s Idar Gimmestad.

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For the time being, Norway has opened up two areas for offshore wind. Upwards of 1.5GW of floating wind will be installed at the Utsira Nord site, while 1.5GW bottom-fixed offshore wind is planned for Sørlige Nordsjø II, which will see an additional 1.5GW at a later stage.

”The authorities have allocated 1.5GW for Sørlige Nordsjø II. The dimensioning fault in the Nordic synchronous grid is 1.4GW,” says Statnett senior consultant Idar Gimmestad.

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