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Germany eyes offshore wind crown

Nation to add 2071MW in 2015 against UK's 801MW, report suggests

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Germany is set to leapfrog the UK to become the world’s leading market for annual offshore wind turbine installations in 2015 with 2071MW of additions, according to a study.

The figure is an almost fourfold increase from the 529MW added in 2014 and GlobalData predicts UK additions will decrease marginally from 813MW to 801MW.

The consulting company’s research suggests the UK will even slip down to third place in the global rankings as China surges into second position with 817MW in 2015.

Worldwide installations are predicted to more than double from 1681MW last year to 3903MW. However, a dip to 3255MW is forecast for 2016.

GlobalData practice head for power Ankit Mathur said: “Germany’s huge increase in offshore installations is attributable to several offshore wind projects scheduled to come online in 2015.

“China is also planning an array of offshore wind projects this year, which will see it overtake the UK for annual installations.”

The report also reveals that last year order intake for offshore wind turbines rose at a blockbuster compound annual growth rate of 367%, from 288MW in 2013 to 1346MW.

In terms of company share, Siemens remained the market leader last year with an offshore order intake of 690MW, followed by Areva with 350MW.

Image: offshore wind projects in Germany include Riffgat (EWE)

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