The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has approved the planning for the sea route within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)

In accordance with the Offshore Installations Ordinance, the BSH decided to approve the sea route of 50Hertz's Ostwind 1 offshore cable project within the EEZ. "We are greatly pleased with the permit for this last 20 kilometre section in the EEZ. This means that the entire cable route is now approved," said Uwe Gyßer, Ostwind 1 project leader at 50Hertz. "We can now also press ahead with the project in the EEZ as planned."

The competent authority in these matters, namely the Ministry for Energy of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, already granted 50Hertz its approval for the land route on 9 March 2015 and for the sea route in territorial waters on 10 July 2015.

About the Ostwind 1 project
The Ostwind 1 project is part of the grid connection of the Westlich Adlergrund cluster and includes the connection of the Wikinger and Arkona Basin South-East wind farms to the grid, based on development scenarios that were coordinated with a wide variety of parties (Offshore Network Development Plan - ONEP/O-NDP). Both wind farm projects have obtained the necessary permits and are currently being realised. The Ostwind 1 project cable routes cover 90 kilometres at sea and three kilometres on land, terminating at the 50Hertz substation of Lubmin. Construction works will start in the summer of 2015 and the grid connections should be ready by the end of 2018.

The licensing authorities for the construction and operation of the grid connections are the Ministry for Energy of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, competent for the land route and the sea route within territorial waters (12 nautical mile zone), and the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), competent for the sea route in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).