Swedish power company Vattenfall has secured permission from the Swedish government to build Kriegers Flak, an offshore wind farm with approximately 640MW of capacity.

Located in the south of the Baltic sea, the Kriegers Flak facility will be equipped with 40 to 50 wind turbines and generate around 2.6TWh of green electricity a year.

The offshore wind farm will generate enough clean energy to power more than half a million households.

Vattenfall president and CEO Anna Borg said: “We are happy that the government has made this decision.

“If Sweden is to be able to meet customers’ future electricity needs, it is absolutely necessary to expand fossil-free electricity production.

“Kriegers Flak would be a very valuable addition of electricity production in southern Sweden.”

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Having received the permit from the government, Vattenfall will focus on securing other required permits, as well as the electricity grid connection on land, for completing the wind facility.

It is anticipated that the company could make an investment decision in 2025, with the wind facility expected to come online by 2028.

Vattenfall senior vice-president and Wind Business Area head Helene Biström said: “Wind power, together with other fossil-free energy sources, is crucial in the transformation of society that is required to meet the climate challenge and enable fossil free living within one generation.

“Vattenfall’s hope is that Kriegers Flak will be connected to the Swedish national grid as quickly as possible.

“However, before the wind farm can be completed,  all necessary permits have to be secured and an agreement with the Swedish transmission system operator (TSO) on how the connection to the grid on land needs to be reached.”

Later this month, Vattenfall will open its Blakliden Fäbodberget onshore wind farm in Sweden’s Åsele and Lycksele municipalities.

An inauguration ceremony for the 353MW wind farm will be held on 23 May.