Three companies zero in on prime spot for offshore development

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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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