Permit issued: The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has issued a revised permit for the 402MW Veja Mate project.
It relates to 67 turbines, inter-array cabling and a substation with helicopter landing deck. The original permit granted in August 2009 was for 80 x 5-7MW turbines.
The BSH said a new environmental impact assessment was unnecessary because no detrimental environmental effects are expected from the revised plan.
The 402MW North Sea project will comprise 67 Siemens 6MW turbines.
Hang-off supplier: Hyundai Engineering & Steel Industries has appointed Vos Prodect Innovations as the preferred supplier of cable hang-off systems for the 30MW Tamra project's inter-array cables.
Tamra – South Korea's first commercial offshore wind project – is under construction at a site off Jeju Island, south of the country.
Turbine approval: The French energy and environment minister has given the go-ahead for Adwen 8MW turbines to be used at Saint Brieuc. Adwen is the offshore joint venture between manufacturers Areva and Gamesa.
The project had originally planned to use Areva's 5MW turbine, but then announced its intention to develop an 8MW turbine in 2014. Developer Ailes Marines reconsidered and decided to use the 8MW, creating a 496MW project.
Approval from the authorities and further technical and environmental studies were required and Ailes Marines was given a year's extension – to 23 October 2015 – to submit its permit applications.
Planned for a site in the English Channel, the Iberdrola-led consortium says it will still start building Saint Brieuc in 2018 and bring it into full operation by 2020.
Financing arranged: KfW IPEX-Bank and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have agreed to finance Wpd's 111MW Nordergrunde project, with EIB providing a €156m loan.
The €410m development is planned for a site in the North Sea, 15 kilometres northeast of Wangerooge, northern Germany. Equity will be provided by developer Wpd.
Nordergrunde will comprise 18 Senvion 6.2MW turbines. Monopile foundations will be supplied by Ambau, a substation from BVT and inter-array cables from NSW. It is expected online by March 2016.
East Anglia One
Port talks: ScottishPower Renewables said it will be able to "accelerate discussions with port facilities in the East Anglia region," regarding the 714MW project's construction. Siemens has been appointed as East Anglia One's preferred turbine supplier.
The 102-turbine development is planned for a site in the North Sea, off the Suffolk coast.
Turbines connected: All 73 Vestas V112-3.0 MW turbines at E.on's Humber Gateway have been energised, two months ahead of schedule.
First power at the 219MW project was achieved in February and turbine installation was completed in April.
Some secondary works remain to be completed and the wind farm is due to be fully operational this summer. It lies in the North Sea, eight kilometres off the Yorkshire coast, northeast England.
From WPO Intelligence