Following in the footsteps of energy companies E.on of Germany, Dutch Essent and Danish E2, EWE of Oldenburg, a regional utility in Germany, has announced its involvement in German offshore wind station development. EWE has joined the 44 MW Borkum Riffgat project, being developed by German engineers Enova Energiesysteme using Enercon 4.5 MW turbines. The Enercon link caught the attention of German environment minister Jürgen Trittin. "The future of wind energy lies at sea," he said, "So it's only right that German turbine manufacturers have an early involvement and gather experience." Borkum Riffgat is 15 kilometres from the island of Borkum, but comes within rules for development within Germany's 12 nautical mile zone.