Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has launched its plan for North Sea power transmission networks, aimed at connecting over 25 GW of offshore wind turbines.

Grid operators need to install 25 converter platforms and 2400 miles of subsea cables, according to Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, or BSH.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
The outline, which sets standards and locations, “is the world’s first systematic power network plan in the offshore sector,” said Monika Breuch-Moritz, president of BSH. “The capacities have been set so that the German government’s 2030 energy targets can be achieved in principle.”

Merkel wants to add 25000 MW of offshore turbines by 2030, about the same capacity as 25 nuclear plants. About 280 megawatts are operating currently.

The project has been delayed up until now due to concerns about financial risk-sharing and upgrading the transmission grid.

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