Germany grants planning approval for 476-MW Baltic Eagle

Offshore wind. Source: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

April 25 (Renewables Now) - Spanish utility group Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) has received planning clearance from the German authorities for the 476.25-MW Baltic Eagle offshore wind project in the Baltic Sea.

The approval was granted by Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) following extensive public consultation and an environmental impact assessment, the authority said on Friday.

As many as 50 Vestas wind turbines each with a capacity of 9.525 MW will be built on an area of 42.9 sq km (16.56 sq mi) about 30 km (18.64 mi) northeast of the Ruegen island off the German coast. The machines will be erected on monopile foundations at a water depth of 41m to 45m. Construction work on the foundations is set to begin in 2023.

The turbines, to be delivered and installed by 2024, will be connected to an offshore transformer platform which will be built this year.

Once operational by the end of 2024, the wind park is expected to produce 1.9 TWh of green electricity annually, enough to supply 475,000 households.

Iberdrola won the project in April 2018 in an offshore tender launched by the Federal Network Agency. Baltic Eagle is the company's second large offshore project in Germany after the commissioning of the 350-MW Wikinger at the end of 2017.

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