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Big German pilot project takes its pick -- Letter of intent with Vestas

The supplier for one of Germany's first pilot offshore wind stations, a 240 MW project off the country's North Sea coast, has been chosen. Project developer Butendiek has picked the company to supply 80 of its new V90 3 MW turbines.

The order for one of Germany's first pilot offshore wind stations, a 240 MW project off the country's North Sea coast, is set to go to Vestas. Project developer Butendiek, known as the "people's offshore wind company" due to its ownership by hundreds of small investors, has picked the German division of Vestas in the coastal town of Husum to, supply 80 of is new V90 3 MW turbines. A letter of intent was signed last month at the Husumwind trade fair.

"The nacelles of the 80 turbines will be assembled in Husum, bringing benefits to the port and surrounding region of North Frisia," says Butendiek's Wolfgang Paulsen. Management of the project, located about 35 kilometres west of the island of Sylt, will also take place from Husum, says Butendiek. The EUR 400 million wind station is scheduled for completion in 2005.

Vestas promoted its entire family of V90 turbines, with ratings of 1.8 MW, 2 MW and 3 MW, at last month's Husumwind trade fair. Series production of all the turbines will start early next year, says the company. Vestas is promoting the 3 MW as a technology breakthrough (Windpower Monthly, July 2003).

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