Lower Saxony is ready to pour money into its ports along the North Sea coast for a future role as land bases for offshore wind farms. The state government has earmarked Cuxhaven and Emden as ideal for provision of production, shipment, servicing and operational facilities. Both ports need to invest in equipment for handling large turbine components, however, with Cuxhaven looking for up to EUR 100-130 million in the long term while Emden needs EUR 45-65 million in the medium term and EUR 120-140 million in the long term. With the state government's approval, the economy ministry now hopes to establish priorities and requirements for each port and the extent to which the wind branch should help pay for improvements. The ministry stresses it is ready to make large sites available to wind companies that want to establish a base at the ports. It will also pay for half of an offshore engineering training centre in Cuxhaven that is expected to cost EUR 1.9 million.
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