BSH Approvals for Offshore Wind Turbines Total More Than 2,000 in December 2011

By approving the construction of 97 wind turbines for the wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 2 on 31 December 2011, the number of offshore wind turbines so far approved by the Federal Agency for Maritime Shipping and Hydrography (BSH) exceeds 2,000 turbines, the agency said at its annual press conference.

Since grantig the first permit for an offshore wind farm for the the alpha ventus offshore test field 45 kilometres north of the island of Borkum in the North Sea in November 2011, BSH has approved 28 projects in the North and Baltic Sea. A further 84 applications have been submitted to the agency.

State Secretary Prof. Klaus-Dieter Scheurle of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS), to which BSH reports, reiterated the government’s intention to have 25 GW of offshore wind power capacity installed by 2030, replacing the yearly output of about 20 nuclear power plants. To this end the government wanted to simplify and speed up the permitting procedure, he said.

The main work of the agency shifted from approving offshore wind parks to monitoring and assisting in the implementation in 2011, Monika Breuch-Moritz, president of BSH, said. The main challenge for 2012 would be connecting offshore wind farms to the grids, she added, pointing out that as of 2012 an offshore grid plan (pursuant to Section 17 para 2a sent. 3 German Energy Act – EnWG) will map out the routes for the cables through the sea to the connection point ashore. In November 2011, the transmission system operator Tennet had warned the Chancellery and the ministries involved about the difficulties associated with the connection of offshore wind farms.

Mrs Breuch-Moritz also presented the preliminary results of the ecological research on the environmental impact of the alpha ventus offshore test field.

Source: BSH

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