Orsted subsidiary won’t face court appeal by Danish authorities

Blaze is working for Orsted on its Hornsea One windfarm project
Blaze is working for Orsted on its Hornsea One windfarm project

A subsidiary company of Danish-owned wind firm Orsted will not face a high court appeal by authorities to overturn an acquittal served in May.

Elsam were cleared by Danish competition authorities over claims it had broken competition rules over an 18 month period.

The case against Elsam was based on the period between January 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006.

Last night’s decision by the Danish Appeals Board to rejected a petition by the Danish competition authorities not means the decision is final.

In 2007, 1,106 Danish plaintiffs stood against Elsam claiming it had “abused a dominant position in the market for wholesale of physical electricity” for more than a year.

Marianne Wiinholt, chief financial officer at Orsted, said: “We’re very pleased with the decision of the Appeals Permission Board. They’ve listened to our arguments and not granted leave to appeal the decision of the High Court of Western Denmark.

“This means that we can now hopefully bring an end to what has been a very protracted case.”

The action for damages was, for many months, pending in the Copenhagen Maritime and Commercial High Court.

Orsted confirmed in May week that it had set aside £33 million in the instance of an unfavourable judgement.

A Danish-headquartered offshore wind developer, Orsted has nine operational UK wind farms and is working on a number of UK construction projects such as Walney Extension and Hornsea One and Two.