A new German North Sea wind farm meant to begin providing power to thousands of homes on Sunday has been blown off course by a row over how much energy it consumes.
There was an official opening ceremony for the offshore Riffgat farm near the island of Borkum as its operator, EWE says its work is done but the farm is now sucking up more power than it produces.
That is because it is still missing the vital connection to the mainland as the power grid operator, TenneT says it needs to clear World War Two ammunition that had been dumped on the seabed.
EWE’s project’s manager, Irina Lucke, made clear her frustration: “We could start feeding energy but the firm responsible for connecting the wind farm to the energy network hasn’t done its job so we’re forced to wait.”
A February completion date has been mooted, but TenneT says it is impossible to say how fast the ammunition clearing work will progress as the task is more difficult and complex than had been expected.