German town snubs Areva test site

A rendering of Areva's 8MW turbine

A rendering of Areva's 8MW turbine

Local politicians have rejected the installation of a prototype of Areva’s 8MW offshore turbine in the municipality of Drochtersen in northern Germany, leaving the French company and local developer Energiekontor scrambling to find an alternative location.

A committee in the municipality for various reasons rejected to include the project in local territorial planning, said committee member Heino Baumgarten from the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

With a total height of 250 metres, Areva’s machine would be the largest in the world so far, which could pose a problem as the closest building developments are only 1,400 metres away, Drochtersen mayor Hans-Wilhelm Bösch told Recharge.

“That likely would lead to negative initiatives against the project,” Bösch said. He added that while his municipality is very much in favour of Germany’s Energiewende Log in to read complete article.

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