Ninth offshore construction permit issued in Germany

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A ninth offshore pilot project outside Germany's 12 nautical-mile zone has been issued a construction permit from the federal shipping office, Bundesamt für Schifffahrt und Hydrologie (BSH). The DanTysk development, by Geo Gesellschaft für Energie und Ökologie, is planned for a maximum of 80 turbines of up to 5 MW each. The site lies 70 kilometres north-west of the island of Sylt and close to Danish waters. The company hopes eventually to add another 220 turbines. The BSH permit requires that construction of the pilot phase begin before October 2008. As with all but one of the other German offshore projects holding construction permits, DanTysk lacks a cable permit. In addition, many financing questions relating to the EUR 900 million project have yet to be answered, says Geo. Another 32 offshore wind project proposals have been lodged in Germany, of which 27 are slated for the North Sea and five for the Baltic Sea (Windpower Monthly, March 2005).

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