Natura 2000 permit for Swedish Kriegers Flak


SwedenVattenfall has secured a Natura 2000 permit by County Administrative Board of Skåne to build wind power on the Swedish section of Kriegers Flak.

The decision is a step toward achieving Sweden’s climate goals and makes a long-awaited contribution to energy supply in southern Sweden. Kriegers Flak is an area in the Baltic Sea 30 km south of the Swedish coast.

Region Skåne, the County Administrative Board and Kommunförbundet Skåne intend to increase renewable electricity generation by 3.0 TWh by 2030. Generating between 2.3 and 2.8 TWh annually, corresponding to approximately 20 per cent of Skåne’s electricity consumption, the Swedish wind farm Kriegers Flak will be important for Skåne’s energy and climate transition.

Natura 2000 site

In recent years, parts of the Kriegers Flak wind farm area have been classified as a Natura 2000 site. To minimize impact, the turbines will therefore be placed at a sufficient distance from sensitive habitat types.

As part of the Natura 2000 evaluation, Vattenfall has conducted thorough environmental studies in the area covering reef, bird, fish and porpoise nature types. This is to enable finding alternatives, taking appropriate protective measures and using methods to facilitate coexistence between wind power and environmental considerations.