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Construction begins on 288MW offshore wind farms in Germany

80-turbine project in the North Sea to power 360,000 households

The wind farms will boost offshore wind power in Germany

Construction has started on a 288MW offshore wind project in Germany. The two offshore wind farms will have a total of 80 turbines and generate enough electricity to power 360,000 homes.

The Meerwind Süd and Meerwind Ost wind farms will be located 50km off the coast of Germany in the North Sea. They will eliminate approximately one million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

German wind firm Siemens and UK company Seajacks will supply and install the 80 turbines with a rotor diameter of 120m. German WindMW, a joint-venture of Blackstone and Windland Energieerzeugungs, is developing the wind project and plans to complete construction in 2013.

Jens Assheuer, CEO of WindMW, said: “We are pleased to commence construction on this exciting project and we thank our suppliers and their hardworking teams for adhering to the highest quality standards and for helping ensure that this project stayed on schedule.”

“There is much work still to be done during the offshore installation but we are on track to begin delivering clean power to the public grid next year,” he said.

The news of the project comes after Spanish firm Iberdrola announced last month the launch of a 400MW offshore wind farm in Germany. The wind farm, which will be the largest offshore installation in Germany, Wikinger, should start operation in 2016.