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Three companies zero in on prime spot for offshore development

Three companies are zeroing in on the Hanöbukten area in the Baltic Sea, 12 kilometres off Sweden's south coast, after the country's energy ministry pointed it out as a prime spot for offshore wind development. Utility Vattenfall says it is looking into putting up to 75 turbines, with rated capacities of 3-5 MW, in the area, which has been designated as an "area of special interest for wind development" by the government. Local firm Triventus Consulting, which is working on a handful of wind projects in Sweden and Norway, is also working on siting a wind plant in the same area, using 50 turbines. A third company, Höryda Såg, is also looking to build in the area, according to press reports. Triventus is furthest along, specifying turbines with hub heights of 150-160 metres. Triventus held local meetings last winter in preparation for submitting its application for building approval this spring. Hanöbukten is also a prime fishing ground, but recent Swedish research has postulated that wind farms might actually help preserve fish spawning grounds.

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