Permits for Sweden's Utgrund II offshore wind project

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Airicole has received initial approval for its 24 turbine Utgrunden II offshore project, to be located seven kilometres off the island of Öland. The first set of permits has been granted and the environmental court has rubber stamped the project. But the ongoing uncertainty of the Swedish wind market framework, based on the trade of green certificates, means the project is unlikely to start next year as planned. "We have everything in place but until the certificates system is looked at in more depth we are in a state of limbo," says Airicole's Mikael Jakobsson. That limbo has affected many offshore projects in the pipeline in Sweden, he says, including Lillgrunden, Klasården and Bondön. He predicts that at this rate, Utgrunden II will not be built until 2006.

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