BSH publishes suitability of next German offshore wind tenders

In: Windfarms
The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has determined the suitability of the next German tender areas N-7.2, N-3.5 and N-3.6 and published the environmental reports.  

The BSH is responsible for the preliminary investigations and checking the suitability of new offshore wind areas. The BSH checks whether the construction and operation of wind turbines at sea on these areas meet the criteria of the WindSeeG Legislation.

The BSH has now drawn up a draft of the suitability test, the statutory ordinance for determining suitability and drafts of the environmental reports for all three areas. These are available for inspection until 17th May.

The environmental analysis will be made available to hopeful developers during the upcoming tenders. The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) plans put the area N-7.2 out for tender in 2022 and N-3.5 and N-3.6 in 2023 with commissioning scheduled for 2027 and 2028.

The German government has set a 20 GW offshore wind target for 2030 and 40 GW by 2040. The recently published Area Development Plan (FEP 2020) sets out the spatial and temporal tender schedule. Overall 9.7 GW to be tendered between 2021-2025 and commissioned by 2030.

In February,
BNetza announced the launch of the first tenders for areas N-3.7 (225 MW), N-3.8 (433 MW) and O-1.3 (300 MW). The bidding window closes on 1st September 2021.

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