Germany identifies Three more offshore wind sites

In: Windfarms
The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has published the results of its initial assessment for the suitability three sites, N-3.7, N-3.8 and O-1.3, for offshore wind. The BSH has opened a public consultation for interested parties to comment.

The BSH has examined the suitability of the three areas based on the Wind Energy At Sea Act. After the preliminary examination, the three areas N-3.7, N-3.8 and O-1.3 are suitable for the construction and operation of wind turbines at sea. The assessments aims to protect the interests of the marine environment and shipping activities. The BSH proposes appropriate measures that could be prescribed as guidelines.

As part of the suitability test, a strategic environmental check is carried out and an environmental report is drawn up for each area. The authorities and the public must be involved in the strategic environmental assessment. Together with the drafts of the environmental reports, the drafts of the aptitude test and aptitude test must also be published. The preliminary results of the aptitude test, the environmental reports and a draft of the aptitude test, which is made by ordinance, were published in draft form by the BSH.

The public has until May 28, 2020 to comment in writing on the published documents. The comments are due to be discussed on June 17, 2020.

The areas N-3.7 and N-3.8 are located in the German exclusive economic zone of the North Sea, about 30 to 40 km north of the island of Borkum. The area O-1.3 in the German EEZ of the Baltic Sea is located about 40 km northeast of the island of Rügen. According to the BSH 2019 area development plan, the three areas will be put out to tender and auctioned by the Federal Network Agency in 2021. Commissioning is then scheduled for 2026.

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