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Vattenfall cancels Swedish offshore wind farm after security concerns

Vattenfall AB has canceled an under-development 300-MW offshore wind farm in Sweden, after the country's army rejected its updated project plan.

Vattenfall, along with project partner Wallenstam AB (publ), proposed a new design for its Taggen Vindpark scheme to reduce the number of wind turbines from 83 to 40. The new larger units would have stood at 220 meters high, compared to 170 meters in the original plan.

However, the army turned down not just the updated proposal, but the entire project, due to concerns relating to its shooting range that is 25 kilometers inland at Ravlunda, Vattenfall said in an Oct. 21 news release.

The original application for the project — proposed to be built 12 km off the coast of Sölvesborg — was approved in 2012.