Baltic wind farm one step closer

THE Glasgow-based global offshore division of Spanish utilities giant Iberdrola yesterday took a step closer to securing planning consent for a 400MW wind farm off the coast of Germany.

An updated environmental statement – featuring fixed rather than floating turbines – has been submitted to the German Federal Maritime & Hydrographic Agency to cover the Wikinger wind farm in the Baltic.

A floating turbine design passed the first stage of planning approval in 2007, prior to Iberdrola’s involvement in the project.

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Keith Anderson, chief corporate officer at ScottishPower and also head of Iberdrola’s global offshore division, said: “This is an important step forward for the Wikinger project, and a significant development in Iberdrola’s global offshore wind power ambitions.”