XEMC secures 50MW European offshore deal

GERMANY: German Hamburg-based developer Windkraft FIT has concluded a 50MW offshore supply and installation agreement with Netherlands-based XEMC Darwind and XEMC Windpower.

The deal is for 10 5MW XD115/5MW direct-drive turbines, featuring a permanent magnet generator. The units, which are likely to be the first Chinese offshore turbines to be installed in Europe, are to be built off the German North Sea coast in a project called Albatros 1.

The Albatros project has an overall capacity of 474MW. No other turbine contracts have been made for the wind farm. Realisation of Albatros 1, with a contract value between €70-90 million and is expected to be completed by 2015.

The XD115/5MW onshore prototype was installed during the second half of 2011 in the Netherlands and again ranks amongst the first multi-megawatt offshore-dedicated direct-drive PMG-type turbines. An offshore prototype installation in China is nearly ready said a company spokesperson.

In a statement, XEMC Darwind said: "[The] signing of the contract also signifies the first cooperation between a Chinese-owned turbine manufacturer located in Europe and a well-reputed European offshore wind-park concession holder."

Dutch-owned Darwind was founded in 2006 for developing an offshore-dedicated 5MW turbine. XEMC Windpower in July 2009 acquired Darwind from Dutch renewable-energy company Econcern, which had earlier filed for bankruptcy, and renamed it XEMC Darwind.

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