Germany consults on new tender plans

In: Windfarms
16/09/2020
BSH
Germany is entering the next phase of consultation for confirming new offshore wind tender areas.

The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has published new drafts of the Area Development Plan (FEP) and environmental reports for consultation, which set out the spatial and temporal schedule for offshore wind tenders in Germany over the next decade.


Planned tender areas include N-3, N-6, N-7, N-9, and N-10 in the North Sea and O-1.3 in the Baltic Sea, with 9,688 MW to be tendered 2021-2025 and commissioned 2026-2030.


Post-2030 areas in N-11, N-12 and N-13, totalling ~10 GW, are anticipated to be tendered after 2025 and commissioned by 2035, as well as five new 2 GW HVDC grid connections.


The FEP also specifies how and when these areas are connected to the onshore power grid and sets out the technical concepts for standardised transmission systems.


The draft FEP 2020 and the draft environmental reports were drawn up on the basis of the results of a consultation and hearing held over the summer.


"The draft of the area development plan 2020 and the drafts of the environmental reports take into account the statements of authorities as well as the statements and information from the public from early participation",
explained Dr. Karin Kammann-Klippstein, President of the BSH



"With the submission of the draft documents, we have taken an important step forward in the planning implementation of the expansion target recently decided by the Federal Cabinet of 20 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030."

Authorities can comment on the draft documents until 8th October 2020 and the public until 5th November 2020. A final version of the FEP is expected to be published before the end of the year.


In early June, the government confirmed a long-awaited increase in offshore wind expansion, approving a new draft of the Wind Energy at Sea Act (WindSeeG). Offshore wind targets have been raised from 15 GW to 20 GW by 2030 and a long term target of 40 GW by 2040 has also been agreed for the first time.


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