Baltic offshore plans get official go ahead

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Planning procedures have begun for what may be the first German offshore wind plant. The Schleswig-Holstein government has approved a 100 MW project to be located in the bay of Lübeck at the western end of the Baltic Sea (Windpower Monthly, March 1999).

Dubbed SKY 2000, the DEM 300 million project is being developed by 1. Schleswig-Holsteinische Offshore-Windpark Verwaltung (1.SHOW). A working group of nine companies has co-operated on project planning. The group includes wind turbine manufacturers Husumer Schiffswerft, Vestas Deutschland and Jacobs Energie, engineering company Aerodyn Energiesysteme, wind turbine testing company Windtest Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog and certification body Germanischer Lloyd, as well as a regional investment bank, planning office and 1.SHOW. International wind plant developer Wasserkraft und Regenerative Energieentwicklung AB, now renamed Unit Energy Europe (page 6), owns a 50% stake in the company.

The planning procedure is expected to last two years. 1.SHOW says the wind station is slated to comprise 65 turbines, which it hopes to have on-line by the end of 2002, generating about 350 GWh of electricity a year-sufficient to cover the needs of about 140,000 households. The turbines, to be sited about 15 kilometres from the shore, will feed into the grid of utility Preussenelektra via a transformer station at Lübeck-Siems. The power will be marketed by Unit Energy Stromvertrieb, part of Unit Energy Europe.

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