Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has opened its site investigations for three future offshore wind areas for public consultation.

Two or the areas (N-3.7 and N-3.8) are located in the North Sea, about 30-40 kms north of the island of Borkum. The third area (O-1.3) lies 40 kms northeast of the Baltic Sea island of Rügen.

“According to the BSH's area development plan 2019, the three areas are to be put out to tender and auctioned off in 2021 by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). Commissioning is then scheduled for 2026,” the BHS said in a statement.

The agency in August 2019 already had made public the scope of preliminary investigations and environmental assessments for six areas in the North and Baltic Sea slated to be tendered off in auctions from 2021 to 2023.

The site investigations include an environmental impact assessment and an environmental report per area.

The public until May 28, 2020, has the possibility to bring in its comments.