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Major orders for home and abroad - Spanish deals clinched at Hannover

An order for 160 MW of wind turbines, 120 MW of which are bound for Spain, is the largest of a series of deals clinched by Nordex at the Hannover trade fair in March worth up to DEM 600 million, according Ralf Peters of parent company Borsig Energy. The DEM 240 million Spanish order is for 64, N-80 turbines. These 2.5 MW machines are destined for a group of three projects in Catalonia, collectively known as Coll de Moro (Windpower Monthly, January 2000), confirms the developer, Eolic Partners.

Eolic Partners was founded in 1996 with German capital from Ostwind and Aufwind, a wind developer partnership based in Regensburg, Germany. So far Catalonia's government has only granted the scheme preliminary approval, which gives it status as a Special Regime for the Production of Energy (REPE) and reserves exclusive generation rights to the developer. It also puts a ceiling on installed capacity of 120 MW. The combined capacity of the 64-turbine order is actually 160 MW, but each machine's rating will be limited to average 2.4 MW to comply with REPE limits, says Eolic Partners' Xavier Amargant.

Nordex is already present in Spain, with 126.75 MW installed by the end of 1999 and an office in Barcelona. The deal with Eolic Partners, however, is its first foreign venture with a German developer. Nordex is looking at setting up a manufacturing facility in Spain.

The second deal is a provisional agreement worth some DEM 180 million to supply N-80 2.5 MW turbines to wind plant developer Boreas Energie of Dresden. The deal not only covers turbine supply but also project management, grid connection and other services. The first installations will take place in inland Thüringia this year, to be followed by other Boreas Energie projects in Germany in 2001.

In Nordex's third deal, Prokon Energiesysteme of Itzehoe, Germany, signed up for 26, N-62 1.3 MW Nordex turbines in a deal worth DEM 65 million. The turbines are mainly destined for installation in Brandenburg in a year's time. Lastly, under a turnkey contract worth DEM 70 million, wind plant developer Watt ordered 17, N-80 2.5 MW turbines, paying DEM 1660/kW. This is significantly lower than the industry average of DEM 2000, notes Borsig Energy. The wind plant are destined for projects in North Rhine Westfalia. Watt's Jörg Temme says another 15 turbines will be installed in the region from 2002. Watt was founded in May 1999 and set up a branch office in Bielefeld in January.

Nordex also reports a first order from Italy for a 1 MW machine to be installed at a site north of Genoa. The buyer is a German, resident in Italy for many years, working together with a municipal utility.

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