Herausgeber: Nordex AG
Another success for Nordex in Scotland - Order value approx. EUR 44 mn / 17 large turbines
Hamburg, January 20, 2006. Following the completion of it´s recapitalisation, Nordex AG has obtained again major orders from Great Britain. The company will be constructing the Earlsburn wind farm, comprising a total of 15 large turbines from the N80/2500 kW series, for its customer Falck Renewables Ltd. The order includes provision of wind turbines and associated balance of plant including road construction, foundations and cabling, is worth around EUR 38 million. In addition, Nordex will be constructing a smaller wind farm in a contract worth around EUR 6 million for UK utility npower renewables, a subsidiary of German RWE. The Burger Hill wind farm will also comprise Nordex N80/2500 kW turbines.
Burger Hill is being built near Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands. This location is characterized by average wind speeds of over 10 m/s. The annual energy yield from the two wind turbines is expected to come to around 20 million kilowatt/hours. “Our first installation on the island has already achieved substantially greater yields than most locations on the mainland. However, the rough climate calls for particularly robust turbines such as our N80,” says Thomas Richterich, CEO of Nordex AG.
The Earlsburn project is to be implemented on open moorland near Stirling, to the North of Glasgow. Wind speeds are anticipated to be attractive at the side, making it a good fit for the Nordex N80 turbine, certified according to Germanischer Lloyd Class 1 (strong wind) conditions. It is anticipated the turbines will provide more than 21,000 households with clean electricity. This corresponds to some 50 per cent of the people living in the Stirling County. Furthermore, the wind farm will avoids around 85,000 tons in CO2 emissions per annum.
A further benefit for the region is the awarding of subcontracts worth some EUR 10 million to local companies. The project also represents a further milestone on the road to an energy transformation in Scotland. By 2010 the proportion of renewable power in the Scottish grid is to increase to 18 per cent, rising to as much as 40 per cent by 2020.
Scotland is one of the core markets of Falck Renewables Ltd. Headquartered in London, the subsidiary of the Italian Falck Group is currently building up a portfolio of wind farms in Europe together with partners. In Scotland alone there are projects with a volume of 300 MW under development.
“For Nordex these orders are an important confirmation of our good technology, especially for demanding locations, which we have already demonstrated with the N80/2500 in several major projects in Scotland. Following completion of our recapitalisation, we are again in a strong position with those customers who are looking for a mature, tried and tested large turbine”, says Thomas Richterich.
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