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EnBW faced with break in continuity

GERMANY: EnBW may look to buy into other offshore projects to avoid being threatened with a break in continuity after completion of its Baltic 2 project.

Its North Sea project Hohe See, for which construction was originally slated to begin in about mid 2015 directly after Baltic 2 is fully switched on, remains on hold for the time being.

Possibilities to remedy the situation include buying into a project abroad such as in Denmark or the UK or into a German project that is due for completion before the end of 2017, said Stefan Tansy, EnBW project manager offshore wind energy.

The investment decision for Hohe See was put on hold in November 2012 due to lack of clarity on cable connection to the onshore network and on future feed in tariff support after 2017.

But time is tight to find alternatives. Europe wide tendering procedures take 9 months, and design and installation then takes 4-5 years, that is easily to 2017, he pointed out.

The dilemma on the break in continuity could be solved if the German government decided fast on a follow up regime for after 2017. Tennet's Borwin 3 and 4 projects are potential cable links for the Hohe See project .

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