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World's largest wind farm gets Swedish approval

Date: 26-Mar-01
Country: UK

Eurowind said the plant will be the world's largest and supply 15 percent of the city of Malmo's needs.

It will be located seven kilometres from the Swedish border and twelve kilometres from Denmark.

"This region has the highest wind speed in Europe and very calm water, so we believe it is a good location for a large scale wind power plant," said Eurowind chairman Magnus Rosenback.

He added that construction of the plant will start in November 2001 and will take approximately eight months.

The plant will produce about 300 GWh of electricity per year, or the equivalent of the electricity required to power 20,000 homes, said Rosenback.

He added that Eurowind was also awaiting planning permission for projects in France and Italy.

"The project for a 25 MW onshore windfarm in France is at an advanced stage of development and we're hoping to get planning permission this year," he said.

In Italy, the company was looking to build up to 100MW of offshore wind farm capacity, mainly in the south of the country.

"There's a lot of interest in Italy for offshore, we believe 2002 and 2003 will be crucial years for wind power," Rosenback said.

Eurowind AB is 50 percent owned by Norwegian company Fred Olsen Renewables AB and 50 percent by Luxemburg investment firm, Inventus. It is involved both in the construction and running of wind power plants.

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