A feasibility study by the port and infrastructure association of the German town of Husum backs claims that the town, on Schleswig-Holstein's North Sea coast, is the most suitable location from which German offshore wind activities can be supported. Points in Husum's favour include its economic structure in providing a base for turbine manufacturers with activities worldwide, its proximity to planned offshore stations near the islands of Helgoland and Sylt, and the areas it has available for commercial development in the port and town. Vestas Deutschland and REpower Systems have large wind turbine production facilities in Husum. "There is no point in assembling turbine parts in Husum and then transporting them on land north to Esbjerg [in Denmark] before sending them on by sea to the offshore sites west of Husum," says Hermann Albers, chairman of the association. The expansion plans will involve investment of about EUR 21million, according to Daniel Schade of the Mohn engineering office, which contributed to the study.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol