The Swedish government has approved plans for a 42 MW wind development off the south coast of Gotland. This is only the first step in a long process, however, including an Environmental Impact Assessment by the environment authority, reports national news agency TT. The offshore project is being developed by Hemse Ab, part of Vindkompaniet -- an affiliate of Danish wind firm NEG Micon -- together with American developer Seawest. It consists of 21, NEG Micon 2 MW units. The site is a few kilometres off Näsudden, near Vindkompaniet's first offshore wind farm at Bockstigen-Valar. The plant would produce about 120 GWh a year from an offshore site near Klasården, two kilometres west of Näsudden. Local fishermen and coastal residents have opposed the project.