Senvion to supply turbines for German offshore wind project

Senvion has entered into a supply deal with wind project developer wpd offshore GmbH for delivering 18 turbines for the Nordergründe farm in the German North Sea.

The contract includes delivery, installation and commissioning of the 18 Senvion 6.2M126 turbines on 20 February in Bremerhaven.

Each turbine will have a rated power of 6.15 MW, able to deliver for nearly 4,000 homes with renewable energy.

The turbines and rotor blades are produced by Senvion and PowerBlades in Bremerhaven, from where they will be transported to the project site by sea.

The wind project is expected to be completed by late 2016, with an installed capacity of around 111 MW which can supply power to 70,000 homes annually.

This project is considered to be of much local importance due to the clear compensation provisions of the EEG (Renewable Energy Sources Act) which enables consumers to plan in a reliable manner.

However, the German offshore sector will soon need clear indicators for the years after 2019.

The preparations for EEG 3.0 are going on which is expected to start this year.

The deal will enable PowerBlades to return to production, supporting the offshore sector and the region of Bremerhaven.

Senvion 6.2M126 is the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine to be produced in series.

Last month, Suzlon sold Senvion to Centerbridge Capital Partners for $1.2 billion. The deal is expected to be completed before the end of March.

The company will use Rs50 billion of the sale proceeds, or 68 percent, to repay the banks that helped fund the purchase of Senvion in 2007.

Suzlon could receive an additional payment of up to 50 million euros from Centerbridge, depending on Senvion’s performance.

Together with Senvion, Suzlon was the world’s fifth largest wind turbine manufacturer.

Sabeena Wahid