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Germany's EnergieKontor pulls out of UK offshore wind project

German wind farm developer EnergieKontor has pulled out of its UK offshore wind project off Southport in north west England. The company says that for the time being it wants to concentrate its resources on its three German offshore wind farms. "We are still very much interested in future UK offshore rounds, but the priorities are our home turf," says EnergieKontor's Mick McLoughlin. The Southport project was one of 18 in the first round of offshore development licences to gain site leases from the Crown Estate. McLoughlin denies that the company's decision to withdraw stems from an objection by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to Southport Offshore in addition to three other projects. "Whilst the MoD objection was one of several material considerations in our decision process, it was not viewed as an overriding issue," he says. The site is not blighted by the MoD, McLoughlin adds. The company had worked on resolving the MoD objection and there was every prospect of it being overcome, he explains. "There is more to be done but it is not something that is insoluble." The site has now been handed back to the Crown Estate who may award the lease to another developer.

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