The wind farm will consist of 12 offshore windmills and is to be built 45km off Borkum, an island in Northwest Germany’s Leer District. Each windmill will be capable of generating 5MW of electricity and the E175 million development is expected to be complete in 2008.

In addition to an investment from Germany’s environment ministry, the project will be funded by EWE, E.ON and Vattenfall in a joint venture.

Mr Gabriel said that the project will help to make up for Germany’s current lagging position in developing offshore wind power projects. Also helping this cause, the ministry may be considering plans for seven additional wind power projects in the North Sea, according to AFX News.