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Penultimate approval for Swedish offshore project near Gotland

Swedish wind power developer Vindkompaniet, an affiliate of Danish NEG Micon, now has all approvals except one in house to build a 16 turbine offshore wind plant outside Näsudden off Gotland island. If the environmental court gives the final go ahead, work can begin in summer 2004, the company says. The approval process has taken so long that the original plan to install 21 NEG Micon 2 MW machines has been scrapped, says Vindkompaniet's Staffan Niklasson. "It took six months just for [the authorities] to decide whether they would even consider the redrawn plans. We had decided to change to 16, 2.75 MW turbines because it will be more cost efficient," he adds. The turbines are 70 metres tall with a 92 metre diameter rotor. Projected electricity production is some 140 GWh, and Niklasson hopes for a permit by the end of the year.

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