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Video: world's first decommissioning of an offshore wind farm

The decommission of the five wind turbines with a total capacity of 10MW which made up the Yttre Stengrund wind farm in Kalmar Sound began at the end of November. The wind farm had been in operation since 2001 and had been owned by Vattenfall since 2006. The reason for the decision to dismantle the entire wind farm rather than replacing the turbines with new, more modern ones was both financial and technical.

The job of removing and lifting down the rotor blades and the turbine housings fell to regional company Svensk Sjöentreprenad (SSE). They also dismantled the five masts and cut the concrete foundations off level with the sea bed. There were no major issues with the work itself but the operation was delayed by a month due to bad weather, which was a major risk throughout the dismantling process.

The work has been carried out with the necessary consideration for the environment, in accordance with the decisions made by the environmental authorities involved. Vattenfall plans to restore the site in such a way that any trace of the former wind farm will be negligible. Underwater cables will be removed in the summer of 2016.