Swedish Klasården 42 MW approved

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Swedish project developer Vindkompaniet has received general approval from the government for the 42 MW Klasården offshore wind power plant near Näsudden off the island of Gotland. Plans have been with the government for several years and Vindkompaniet had gained approval for a smaller 21 turbine plant in 2001, but the advance in technology and the long wait for the go-ahead meant the project had to be redrawn. The latest plan will see the installation of 16, 2.75 MW turbines on a site close to the originally agreed location, with commissioning in 2006. "There are still a few more steps to take, but the most important parts are in place," says Vindkompaniet's Staffan Nicklasson. An EU grant was offered in 1999 and that needs chasing up, along with building permits and approval from the environmental court. The original plan from March last year raised objections from locals in the area, so the company will draft a revised application. "We have to work on financing and also update ourselves on the technology situation before we decide on who to award contracts to," says Nicklasson. Gotland is aiming for an entirely green electricity supply.

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