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Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Dong Energy A/S, the world’s largest developer of offshore wind parks, got approval for a project in Germany’s North Sea with 97 turbines, more than usually allowed.
Construction of Borkum Riffgrund 2, about 37 kilometers (23 miles) northwest of Borkum island, must begin at the latest by 2015, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency said in an e- mailed statement today. It will be allowed to exceed the normal 80-turbine limit to help use the area more efficiently.
Germany, Europe’s largest electricity market, is pushing plans for growth of renewable power after deciding to abandon nuclear energy following the disaster in Japan’s Fukushima this year. The regulator is evaluating applications for 84 parks in the German North and Baltic Seas and said its approval process must reflect environmental protection and energy concerns.
“We are satisfied with the approval but we haven’t made an investment decision yet and we don’t have a scheduled time for this decision,” Ulrik Froehlke, a spokesman for Fredericia, Denmark-based Dong Energy, said today in a telephone interview. The utility said in February it would develop the 349-megawatt project as a second phase of Borkum Riffgrund.
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