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Research and consulting firm GlobalData has revealed that offshore wind installations in Germany will increase nearly four times to 2,071MW in 2015, compared to 529MW added in 2014.

The projected growth can make it a leading country in terms of offshore wind energy installation.

Worldwide annual offshore wind energy installation will more than double to 3,903MW this year, up from 1,681MW in 2014.

However, the forecast for 2016 indicates a dip across global installations with 3,255MW capacity.

GlobalData practice head for Power Ankit Mathur said: "Germany’s huge increase in offshore installations is attributable to several offshore wind projects scheduled to come online in 2015."

The country replaces the UK, which was leading during the previous year with 813MW offshore wind installation. The UK suffered a marginal loss in 2015 and dropped down to third place in the rankings with 801MW capacity.

China holds the second position with 817MW of offshore wind installations worldwide this year.

Ankit Mathur said: "China is also planning an array of offshore wind projects this year, which will see it overtake the UK for annual installations.

"Additionally, the next few years will see China maintain its annual offshore wind installations around the 1GW mark, while the UK will observe relatively lower installations until 2018, when the country’s next offshore growth spurt is expected."

Image: Global offshore wind installation could reach 3,255MW in 2016. Photo: courtesy of meepoohfoto /