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Windtech International July August 2024 issue

 

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As part of the continued maturation and a pre-final investment decision (FID) review of its near-term US offshore development projects, Ørsted has assessed the aggregate adverse impacts relating to the supply chain, lack of favourable progress in Investment Tax Credit (ITC) guidance, and increased interest rates, which affect its US portfolio.
 
The Ocean Wind 1, Sunrise Wind, and Revolution Wind projects are adversely impacted by a handful of supplier delays. Ørsted has concluded that there is a continuously increasing risk in these suppliers’ ability to deliver on their commitments and contracted schedules. This could create knock-on effects requiring future remobilizations to finish installation, as well as potentially delayed revenue, extra costs, and other business case implications. These impacts will lead to impairments of up to DKK 5 billion, assuming no further adverse developments in the supply chains on these projects. 
 
In addition, its continued discussions with senior federal stakeholders about additional ITC qualifications for Ocean Wind 1 and Sunrise Wind are not progressing as previously expected. Ørsted continues to engage in discussions with federal stakeholders to qualify for additional tax credits beyond 30%. If these efforts prove unsuccessful, it could lead to impairments of up to DKK 6 billion. The level of a possible impairment will be decided based on a probability weighted assessment of the likelihood of obtaining the additional ITCs.
 
Furthermore, the US long-dated interest rates have increased, which affect Ørsted’s US offshore projects and certain onshore projects. If the interest rates remain at the current level by the end of third quarter, it will cause impairments of approximately DKK 5 billion. 
 
The impairments relating to Ocean Wind 1, Sunrise Wind, Revolution Wind, South Fork Wind, Block Island Wind Farm, and several US onshore projects will be recognised in its interim report for the first nine months of 2023.
 
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