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Germany opens up 7GW tenders for offshore wind



Germany has launched a tender for a combined offshore wind capacity of 7GW.

The country’s Federal Network Agency has selected locations in the North and Baltic seas for the same. There are three sites, each with a capacity of 2GW, while one with a capacity of 1GW.

In the North Sea, the sites are located some 120km north-west of Helgoland, while in the Baltic Sea, the site is about 25km off the island of Rügen.

It has been informed that commissioning these wind projects is set for 2030. To be noted, Germany has set an expansion target of 30GW.

"The tenders are an important step towards achieving the offshore expansion target of 30GW by 2030. The capacity tendered today exceeds the previous annual auction volumes for offshore wind energy many times over," Klaus Müller, President of the Federal Network Agency, was quoted in a statement.

It has been reported that bidders will be awarded the contracts if they register the lowest requirement for support for wind farms. Bids should be submitted by 1st June, 2023.

Meanwhile, the Federal Network Agency is also considering launching further zones for offshore wind energy with a total capacity of 1800MW.

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