A consortium of 10 companies and organisations, including power firm RWE, construction company Ballast Nedam and Delft University, have published plans to build a wind park with up to 60 turbines some 75 km off the Dutch coast.
If the scheme goes ahead, the consortium claims it would be the first wind park in the world to be so far offshore. The project would provide power for up to 300,000 homes.
The organisers say the project involves the development of new techniques and technology and would put the Netherlands at the forefront of European wind park development.
The cost is put at €1.2bn and would require considerable government subsidies. According to Nos tv, economic affairs minister Maria van der Hoeven is enthusiastic about the idea but has not yet agreed any financing.
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