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German utility EnBW buys rights to 1 GW

EnBW, one of Germany's big four energy companies, now owns the rights to over 1 GW of permitted offshore wind projects following its acquisition of Eos Offshore and Offshore Ostsee Wind. "This is the first important step towards exploiting renewable energies more extensively," says EnBW chairman Hans-Peter. Two of the four projects, Hochseewindpark Nordsee and He Dreiht, are in the North Sea and the remaining two, Kriegers Flak 1 and Baltic 1, in the Baltic Sea. German project developer WPD Offshore, a previous owner of the projects, will continue to be involved. A long term cooperation agreement with EnBW is in place "assigning WPD the project management for the further development and construction of these projects." Construction and operation permits are in place for all four. Aside from Baltic 1, each project will consist of 80 turbines. Maximum capacity of the North Sea projects is capped at 400 MW each, while Kriegers Flak 1 is capped at 328.6 MW. The smaller Baltic 1 project of 21 turbines is capped at 52.5 MW, with turbine installation due to start next May. WPD continues to develop its offshore wind portfolio, now comprising around 5 GW across Sweden, Denmark, the German North Sea, Finland and southern Europe.

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