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US: No free pass for European offshore wind companies

Although the US state of Maryland has given a nod to what will become the US' hitherto largest offshore wind farm projects, that does not mean relaxed conditions in order to secure European know-how and competences.

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Danish and other European offshore wind turbine manufacturers might want to think twice, if they think selling installation solutions and monopiles to Maryland's coming two offshore wind projects – of up to 368 MW – will be effortless.

That is the message from the head of Maryland's offshore wind office, Liz Burdock. Maryland stresses that the state would like to see that European manufacturers of turbines and foundations and infrastructure step up to bid on the two offshore wind projects ahead to 2020 and 2022 respectively. However, it has also made clear that no offerings will be dished out to European suppliers unless they guarantee local production and jobs.

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