A third farm, 53-turbine Innogy Nordsee 1 was granted permission in April. The three projects encompass a 100 square kilometre area and will involve a total capacity of almost 1000MW and will require a total investment of about EUR 3 billion, RWE said.
The developer bought the rights to the overall project from Enova at the end of 2008, and after acquiring the
project, RWE divided it into three roughly equal parts.
A final decision to invest in the construction of Innogy Nordsee 1 is expected in early 2014. The implementation of the second and third development stages could follow in the second half of the decade.
CEO Dr Hans Bünting said: "The granting of the second and third permits has finalised the development process of Germany's largest offshore wind farm cluster. This represents a successful step forward in our sustainable and value-enhancing project development strategy."