Geophysical survey completes on the Galatea-Galene offshore wind farm in Sweden

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Clinton Marine Survey completed a geophysical survey for the Galatea-Galene offshore wind farm in Sweden on behalf of OX2. Clinton Marine Survey’s Northern Storm vessel conducted a survey of approximately 370 square kilometers. It took over a five-week period. The project included both the wind farm area and the planned cable corridors to shore.

A smaller boat called Northern Star was also used for shallow and coastal measurements. “The completion of the comprehensive geophysical survey is a significant moment for the Galatea-Galene project. Thus, it brings us one step closer to supplying renewable and affordable energy to southern Sweden,” said Emelie Zakrisson, Head of Offshore Development for OX2 in Sweden.

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Galatea-Galene offshore wind farm project

The wind farm is divided into two sub-areas. They are located about 25 kilometers apart in the Swedish county of Halland, near the cities of Falkenberg and Varberg. According to OX2, the wind farm will include up to 101 wind turbines. Accordingly, they will produce approximately 6-7 TWh per year. This corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of approximately 1.2 million households.

OX2 applied for a Natura 2000 permit with the Halland County Administrative Board. They also did an application under the Act on Sweden’s Exclusive Economic Zone to build the offshore wind farm in late 2021. This is together with an application under the Continental Shelf Act in early 2022.

OX2 announced in August that it was selling a 49 percent stake in its portfolio of up to 9 GW of offshore wind projects to the investment arm of Ingka Group, the largest retailer in the IKEA franchisee system. The three projects are the 1.7 GW Galatea-Galene, 1.8 GW Triton (off the coast of Skne), and 5.5 GW Aurora (off the coasts of Gotland and land).