The German environment minister Sigmar Gabriel gave the green light to a project that will see the construction of 12 offshore windmills in the North Sea.
The move will go someway to reversing the country’s lag in the development of offshore wind farms, he said.
Each windmill will generate 5 megawatts of electricity and will be ready for commercial use at the beginning of 2008, Gabriel said. The farm will be located 45 km off the island of Borkum.
The scheme, which will cost about 175 mln eur, will be funded by a joint venture between the three energy companies EWE, E.ON and Vattenfall. The environment ministry will contribute at least 50 mln eur to the project
The ministry indicated that it had plans for seven other wind farms in the North Sea. firstname.lastname@example.org afp/gp/jfr
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