Wind developers tread water with offshore proposals

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Despite a halt on offshore wind development as the Swedish environmental supreme court considers a precedent setting appeal case (Windpower Monthly, March 1999), wind developers are continuing to look to the high seas. Nordanvind has applied for permission to install 30 wind turbines offshore from Holmsund in the north. The application has gone to the highest coastal waters authority. Another company, AB Hallebacks Gard, has applied for permission to develop a 45 MW offshore wind farm north on Tjorn island off Gothenberg-an area deemed suitable by the Gothenberg community council. Rune Hallden of the company says he plans to install nine 5 MW turbines in order to minimise the environmental impact of the station. After experience with the lengthy permitting process in Sweden, he expects 5 MW turbines will be available on the market by the time authorities approve the project. Hallebacks Gard owns two Vestas 225 kW turbines, on-line in Ronnang, which are among the best producing units in Sweden. The company has also bought a small island in the same area, Skaboholmen, for a proposed wind farm of six 1.5 MW turbines. The project was initiated three years ago and is now in the environment court waiting for a decision. Meanwhile, Nordanvind has also applied for permission to install seven turbines on land in the vicinity of Skelleftea.

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