German Energiekontor has ordered 18 Repower 5 MW turbines for its near-shore Nordergründe offshore project in the North Sea. The turbines will be assembled at Repower's new Bremerhaven works with delivery in spring 2009 and installation in the summer. The 90 MW project has a price tag of over EUR 300 million, including the foundations, offshore transformer station, 27 kilometres of sub sea cable and 3.7 kilometres of land cable. The project recently won a construction permit from the Oldenburg local authority. The selected site lies within the 12 nautical mile zone about 15 kilometres north-east of the port of Wilhelmshaven in the river Weser estuary where the water depth is between four and 15 metres. Investigations into the sea bed were carried out in June, the results of which are feeding into detailed planning for foundation design. In July, Energiekontor announced that Dutch Bank NIBC is to arrange finance for the wind station. Energiekontor adds that experience gained from Nordergründe will be used in development of its second offshore project, Borkum Riffgrund West, to be sited 40 kilometres north-west of the island of Borkum.
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