Eolus submits application for the Najaderna offshore wind project outside Tierp
The Najaderna wind project comprises up to 67 wind turbines with an estimated annual electricity production of 4–5 TWh. This would represent a significant addition of renewable electricity to a region expected to substantially increase its consumption in the coming years. In addition to creating new job opportunities, the project will provide millions of kronor annually to the local community. A permit application has now been submitted to the government and the Land and Environment Court.
“Najaderna is an important project in a region with significant investments, and the location has been carefully selected to allow the wind project to coexist with other interests without compromising the sensitive marine environment. The water depth allows us to build closer to land with existing technology, keeping costs down as the electricity does not need to be transported such long distances. This lowers the electricity price for individuals and businesses, and we can create jobs for the region,” says Anna Lundsgård, Head of Offshore at Eolus.
The Najaderna wind power project is located approximately 17 kilometers off the coast within Tierp municipality in Uppsala County and extends into Sweden’s economic zone. The project is in an area that is designated as suitable for energy extraction through offshore wind power. It could be completed by the beginning of the 2030s and generate money to the local community through the distribution of a portion of the revenue from electricity production. Depending on the size of the project and future electricity prices, this could amount to 7 million SEK annually for associations and activities.
”Östra Mellansverige accounts for one-third of Sweden’s electricity consumption. Najaderna would provide an annual addition of up to 5 TWh of fossil-free electricity directly to industries undergoing transformation and new industries such as hydrogen production and manufacturing. The Governor of Gävleborg County recently expressed that thousands of jobs have been lost due to insufficient investments in the electricity grid and new electricity production. Here we have a very good opportunity to contribute to changing the situation,” says Per Witalisson, CEO of Eolus.
Since the project is located both in the territorial waters and in Sweden’s economic zone, the permit application has been submitted to both the Land and Environment Court and the government. The permit application, including an environmental impact assessment, will be sent out for consultation to relevant stakeholders before a decision is made on the permit.
In 2023, Eolus has applied for permits for three offshore wind power projects: Västvind in Kattegatt outside Gothenburg, Arkona off the southern coast of Sweden, and Najaderna in the Bothnian Sea outside Tierp.
Najaderna wind power project
Number of turbines: max. 67
Installed effect: 1000–1700 MW
Distance from the coast: approx. 17 km
Maximum height: 365 meter to the tip of the blade
Foundations: Bottom-fixed foundations
Possible construction start: 2028