German OK to Nordsee 2 and 3

Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency BSH has approved RWE Innogy’s Nordsee 2 and 3 offshore wind projects, which are slated to use 108 turbines between them with a joint capacity of 670MW.

The 300MW Innogy Nordsee 2 park will consist of 48 turbines, while the 370MW Innogy Nordsee 3 project will have 60 turbines. The company could not tell Recharge yet what manufacturer it plans to use for the projects, which lie in a cluster some 40km north of the German North Sea island of Juist.

The BSH in 2012 had already granted RWE a permit for the 54-turbine 330MW Innogy Nordsee 1 project in the same area, for which the company expects to make final investment decision in early 2014.

Construction of that first project could commence in 2015, RWE says, while the second and third development stages may follow in the second half of the decade.

The three wind parks combined will have a capacity of about 1GW.

"The granting of the second and third permits has finalised the development process of Germany's largest offshore wind farm cluster,” says RWE Innogy chief executive Hans Bünting.