EWEA Offshore 2011
BERLIN AND AMSTERDAM, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - As Germany prepares for a
major expansion of offshore wind to replace nuclear power, companies
like French giant Areva and US-based General Electric (GE) have flocked
to the German coastlines. With wind parks planned for both the North
Sea and Baltic Sea, the buildup can be felt in the country's seaports
and hinterlands. Germany Trade & Invest will have wind industry experts
at this year's EWEA Offshore in Amsterdam on November 30 to share new
business opportunities in Germany's offshore wind industry.
Germany's key seaports are transforming thanks to multi-million dollar
investments geared toward the offshore industry. With two of Europe's
top four busiest ports located in Germany, companies have access to a
well developed infrastructure. Areva has just opened a full-load test
bench in Bremerhaven to check its new 5-MW wind turbines manufactured
nearby. Other ports are bustling as well: BARD manages its projects
from Emden and Cuxhaven and Niedersachsen is investing in its
infrastructure. Ports in Schleswig-Holstein have already developed a
logistics concept for offshore wind. And Rostock and Wismar in
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern can serve both Baltic Sea and North Sea projects
through the Kiel Canal. Further inland, established onshore players are
also gearing up for the offshore boom.
"Although there are still a number of unanswered questions, the
expansion of offshore wind in Germany is an incredible opportunity for
foreign companies. Support for renewable energy in Germany is
unwavering, meaning that investors benefit from a secure business
environment," said Anne Brautigam, wind industry expert at Germany
Trade & Invest in Berlin.
Germany has increased its infrastructure budget by EUR 1 billion to EUR
11 billion for 2012, partially in anticipation of the rapid expansion
of offshore wind. A fifth lock between the North and Baltic Seas is
planned for next year.
Germany Trade & Invest will be presenting opportunities in offshore wind
at this year's conference along with several partners, including the
economic development agencies of seven federal states:
Baden-Wurttemberg, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg,
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen and Schleswig-Holstein.
For further information on Germany's wind energy industry, Germany Trade
& Invest has published a new fact sheet available at www.gtai.com/windenergy/fact-sheet/.
Germany Trade & Invest is the foreign trade and inward investment
promotion agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. The organization
advises foreign companies looking to expand their business activities
in the German market. It provides information on foreign trade to
German companies that seek to enter foreign markets.
SOURCE Germany Trade and Invest
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