After securing financing late last year, DONG Energy was able to begin the project a few days ahead of schedule. But, according to Project Manager Claus Bojle Moller, the winter weather will pose challenges to the installation process. Work was already suspended on January 3 and 4, due to high wind and waves at the site.
Winter weather was not the first challenge DONG Energy encountered since it was awarded the license for construction of the project in July 2010. Later that year, while performing geophysical surveys of the project site, DONG Energy found several undetonated explosives from World War II. After a diving inspection, the mines were classified as high-risk, and the frogmen were sent out to detonate the mines.
In addition to the Anholt project, DONG Energy is obviously expecting an onslaught of offshore development: The company has partnered with ScottishPower Renewables to build a new port terminal designed specifically for the assembly of offshore wind turbines at Belfast Harbor in Ireland. The project will be the first offshore wind installation and pre-assembly harbor in the U.K.