Sweden Offshore Wind AB, owned by Germany's Wind-Projekt Development AG (WPD), is examining the possibility of raising co-partners and capital in Finland as part of the company's plan to build an offshore wind farm at Finngrundet in the Gulf of Botnia between Sweden and the Finnish controlled Åland Islands. "If everything goes according to plan, Sweden Offshore Wind should be in a position to start construction in 2007," says the company's Achim Berge. He says the project of 80. 2.5 MW turbines is in "the preliminary stages." It is in the same area abandoned by Bohus Energi for offshore wind development because of problems with ice. "The technology now exists to eliminate blade icing problems, and this is no longer a major prohibiting factor," says Berge.
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