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Germany greenlights three sites for 5.5 GW of offshore wind capacity


The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has released the 4th Ordinance on Offshore Wind Energy (4th WindSeeV), detailing preliminary site investigations for building offshore wind farms at three locations in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the North Sea. 

By issuing the 4th WindSeeV on 20 February 2024, the BSH determined the suitability of areas N-9.1, N-9.2 and N-9.3 in the German EEZ of the North Sea for use by offshore wind energy with a total capacity of 5,500 megawatts (MW). With this result, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) will carry out the tender at the end of this year.

BSH President Helge Heegewaldt explains that "with the entry into force of the 4th WindSeeV, the BSH is giving the offshore industry planning and legal certainty for the construction of 3 wind farms with an installed capacity of 5,500 MW in the North Sea. This marks another major milestone on the way to Germany's 70 GW target."

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Source: BSH

The statutory bidding date for the BNetzA's tenders, which will be publicly announced by the BNetzA by 1 March 2024 at the latest, is 1 August 2024.

Area N-9.1 covers 158 km2 with an installed capacity of 2,000 MW. It is located approx. 98 km off the Dutch island of Ameland and 107 km off the German island of Borkum.

Area N-9.2 covers 157 km2 with an installed capacity of 2,000 MW. It is located approx. 101 km off the nearest island of Ameland (Netherlands). The nearest German island, Borkum, is around 111 km away.

The area N-9.3 has a size of 106 km2; an installed capacity of 1,500 MW was determined. The shortest distance to the nearest island, Rottumerplaat (Netherlands), is approximately 108 km. The nearest German island is Borkum - the shortest distance to this island is also around 108 km.

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