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Dutch firm boosts foothold in Europe -- French connection

Following a string of large orders from Japan, Lagerwey has now announced the sale of five of its 750 kW variable speed, direct drive turbines to France, giving the Netherlands sole remaining wind turbine maker a leading position in the French market.

A five turbine order from French textile-dye concern Verhaege Industries has significantly boosted the European presence of Dutch wind turbine manufacturer, Lagerwey the Windmaster. Following a string of large orders from Japan, Lagerwey has now announced the sale of five of its 750 kW variable speed, direct drive turbines to France, giving the Netherlands sole remaining wind turbine maker a leading position in the French market.

"One of the five units will be installed on Verhaege Industries' own premises in the town of Tourcoing, northern France," says Lagerwey's Remco Boersma. "The other four are destined for the Le Portel wind farm on the harbour piers of Boulogne." In Tourcoing, the solitary unit will replace a lone Lagerwey 18/80 which company head Gregoire Verhaege installed some seven years ago to power his plant and generate additional income through the sale of surplus kilowatt hours. The turbine should be operational in July.

In Boulogne, the four LW 50/750 units will be used to fit-out the long planned Le Portel wind farm, which was originally to have been built by Dutch Windmaster before its takeover by Lagerwey in 1998. That interest in Boulogne has now passed to Verhaege, which will co-ordinate construction of the plant. It should be operational by end 2000.

Introduced in 1997, the direct drive, variable speed technology of the LW 50/750 is proving popular abroad, particularly in Japan and India. Lagerwey's latest order for France -- in conjunction with Windmaster projects at Caracassonne (eight 750 kW turbines) and Dunkirk (six 300 kW turbines) -- gives them a leading position in France, with a total of 11.55 MW installed capacity, claims the company. "Although we are immensely proud of our performance in Japan and India, as a European company we are particularly delighted to have laid the foundation for a significant European presence," says Boersma.

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