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Germany faces more delays linking offshore wind farms to grid

A spokesman for RWE Innogy--the company's renewable energies unit--said that the company has been notified by grid operators TenneT TSO GmbH that there will be additional, unquantified, delays, and that its planned Nordsee Ost wind farm now faces delays of considerably over 12 months.

FRANKFURT--Germany faces further delays in connecting planned offshore wind-power plants to the electricity network, jeopardizing the government's target of installing 10 gigawatts of generation off its coastlines by 2020, said Germany's second largest utility by market value, RWE AG (RWE.XE), Monday.

A spokesman for RWE Innogy--the company's renewable energies unit--said that the company has been notified by grid operators TenneT TSO GmbH that there will be additional, unquantified, delays, and that its planned Nordsee Ost wind farm now faces delays of considerably over 12 months.

The 295-megawatt Nordsee Ost, to be constructed around 30 kilometers off the German North Sea coast, was originally expected to begin production in 2013.

RWE had previously warned that it faces massive cost overruns--potentially in the three-digit million euro range--due to the delays.

TenneT--a unit of Dutch state-owned grid operator TenneT Holding BV--has been attributing the delays to lengthy approval procedures and difficulties faced by subcontractors like German engineering giant Siemens AG (SI).

In a separate statement published on TenneT's website, the grid operator Monday... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

FRANKFURT--Germany faces further delays in connecting planned offshore wind-power plants to the electricity network, jeopardizing the government's target of installing 10 gigawatts of generation off its coastlines by 2020, said Germany's second largest utility by market value, RWE AG (RWE.XE), Monday.

A spokesman for RWE Innogy--the company's renewable energies unit--said that the company has been notified by grid operators TenneT TSO GmbH that there will be additional, unquantified, delays, and that its planned Nordsee Ost wind farm now faces delays of considerably over 12 months.

The 295-megawatt Nordsee Ost, to be constructed around 30 kilometers off the German North Sea coast, was originally expected to begin production in 2013.

RWE had previously warned that it faces massive cost overruns--potentially in the three-digit million euro range--due to the delays.

TenneT--a unit of Dutch state-owned grid operator TenneT Holding BV--has been attributing the delays to lengthy approval procedures and difficulties faced by subcontractors like German engineering giant Siemens AG (SI).

In a separate statement published on TenneT's website, the grid operator Monday confirmed that there will be new delays in connecting offshore wind farms due to persistent difficulties in building offshore converter platforms.

It said that the platforms are now expected to be completed in 2014.


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JUN 25 2012
https://www.windaction.org/posts/34186-germany-faces-more-delays-linking-offshore-wind-farms-to-grid
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