Under development in the German Baltic Sea since 1997, the 35.5 MW Baltic 1 offshore wind station at long last received a construction permit in April. A permit for its cable route to shore at Bentwisch near Rostock is expected within the next few weeks. The construction permit is for 11 Nordex 2.5 MW turbines and eight 2 MW and two 5 MW turbines to be delivered by Repower Systems. Preparations for construction will begin in 2007 with commissioning due before the end of 2008, according to developer Offshore Ostsee Wind, based in Börgerende. The company is jointly owned by WIND-projekt Ingenieur und Projektentwicklungsgesellschaft, also of Börgerende, and wind project developer and financing company WPD, based in Bremen. Offshore Ostsee Wind, which acquired the Baltic 1 project in 2002, is also developer of two further Baltic Sea wind projects, the Breitling near-shore plant, a Nordex 2.5 MW turbine installed at the port of Rostock at the end of January and the 80 turbine Kriegers Flak pilot offshore station 30 kilometres north of the island of Rügen. It received a permit a year ago and may be built in parallel with Baltic I, according to Offshore Ostsee Wind.
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