The €800 million project will be located on the shoal in water depths of 20-35 m.

Belwind director Frank Coenen commented: “After receiving the concession from the Federal Ministry of Energy, we will need permits from the Federal Ministry of the North Sea. In the most favourable situation, we would start building in 2009, and the wind farm would become operational in 2010.”

The Econcern consortium comprises Ecofys, Ecostream, Evelop and Ecoventures.