Germany's Largest Offshore Windfarm Hits a Snag
As described in a recent issue of Germany's Die Zeit, although about half the turbines have now been installed, builders are running into problems completing transmission connections on the ocean floor because of unexploded World War II munitions that have to be cleared. (Die Zeit is the country's leading general-interest publication of commentary and analysis.) The problem is not wholly unexpected, to be sure: Workers had to remove roughly 2.7 million tons of unexploded ordnance while installing the towers themselves. In total, according to Die Zeit , there are an estimated 1.6 million tons of hand grenades, bombs and artillery shells lying on the ocean floor in Germany's national waters.