Grand plans for offshore wind plant

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German engineering and planning company Gesellschaft für Energie und Ökologie (GEO), based in Stedesand, is manoeuvring to get involved in several offshore wind projects. GEO's Martin Jensen is new managing director of a nine company group developing what may be the first German offshore plant, Sky 2000 in the Bay of Lübeck in the Baltic Sea. GEO is a member of the 1. Schleswig-Holsteinische Offshore-Windpark Verwaltung (1.SHOW), and is now responsible for the technical and economic aspects of the DEM 300 million project. GEO also now owns all the rights to an offshore proposal for about 40, 2 MW turbines at Grosse Vogelsand, some 13 km from Cuxhaven and expected to go up in about three years. Geo is planning a Danish-German offshore venture, too, which could involve as much as 3000 MW some 40 km from the German island of Sylt in the North Sea. The project would be built in 100 MW stages, beginning in about eight years, says Jensen. GEO has contact with Danish utility Elsam, transmission company Eltra, Vestas and NEG Micon, and has informed the Danish government. Jensen notes that with the many offshore projects in the North Sea, an undersea, high voltage alternating or direct-current ring cable will be needed.

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