E.ON enters German offshore scene

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Having shunned its domestic wind market on land for years, E.ON Energy has no apparent qualms about the German offshore scene. Offshore-Windpark Delta Nordsee, a subsidiary of E.ON Energy Projects, has bought the rights to the 80 turbine pilot phase of the Enova Offshore North Sea wind farm. German Enova will continue to develop the project to the point of construction. It will go up 40 kilometres northwest of the East Frisian island of Juist. Building and operating permits for the first 48 turbines were granted in February 2005. Applications for the remaining 32 turbines are being processed and Enova is still trying to secure permits for the transmission cables to shore, from where they will connect into E.ON Netz's high voltage network at Diele near Papenburg. The project will use turbines rated above 3.5 MW. E.ON says the acquisition is part of a "group-wide technology initiative" which has seen it invest in offshore wind projects in the UK, the Nordic countries and now Germany. By 2011, it will have an installed wind capacity of 500 MW off Germany's shores, it adds.

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