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Windpower Weekly 27th February 2017

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Vestas reclaims top spot - FTI
WORLDWIDE: Vestas has retaken first place in leading OEMs, while Siemens has fallen out of the top five for the first time since 2012, according to the preliminary findings of advisory firm FTI Consulting.
  Vestas reclaims top spot - FTI
 
Siemens to close Engesvang factory
DENMARK: Siemens Wind Power has confirmed it will close its Engesvang blade site in west Denmark due to "significant changes in the global wind power market", affecting 430 jobs.
  Siemens to close Engesvang factory
 
Renewable producers face repaying €140m
PORTUGAL: Renewables producers will have to repay any financial support received in addition to the feed-in tariff to the national electricity system, according to a decree published by the industry ministry.
  Renewable producers face repaying €140m
 
EnBW completes financing for 497MW Hohe See
GERMANY: Developer EnBW has given its final investment decision on the 497MW Hohe See offshore wind project in the North Sea, as Canadian energy firm Enbridge acquires a 49.9% stake.
  EnBW completes financing for 497MW Hohe See
 
Business and Companies
McEntee to lead GE servicing business
UNITED STATES: GE Renewable Energy has appointed a new onshore wind CEO, after naming Anne McEntee as vice president of its renewable energy services business.
  McEntee to lead GE servicing business
 
BP considers 400MW of partial-repowering
UNITED STATES: UK-based oil major BP said it secured the option to buy the required wind turbine components by the end of 2016 in time to qualify for the full $0.023/kWh production tax credit (PTC) to partially repower 400MW of its wind projects.
  BP considers 400MW of partial-repowering
 
Vestas reorganises Asian sales units
ASIA-PACIFIC: Vestas has split its Asian sales unit in two, with one focusing on China and Mongolia, and the other to serve the rest of the Asian-Pacific region.
  Vestas reorganises Asian sales units
 
Vattenfall to cooperate with ABO Wind
GERMANY: Swedish utility Vattenfall's German subsidiary has signed a cooperation agreement with independent wind developer ABO Wind to help build up its so-far neglected German onshore wind sector.
  Vattenfall to cooperate with ABO Wind
 
Wpd designing burglary protection solutions
GERMANY: Wpd's project management subsidiary has designed mechanical protection systems for wind turbines to avoid costly damage.
  Wpd designing burglary protection solutions
 
Markets and Policy
Importing OEMs double China market share
CHINA: Manufacturers from Europe and the US have increased their share in the shrinking Chinese market, according to new figures from the Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA).
  Importing OEMs double China market share
 
France launches 750MW Dunkirk tender
FRANCE: The French government has launched the tender for a 250-750MW offshore wind project off Dunkirk, northern France.
  France launches 750MW Dunkirk tender
 
Trade bodies call for Danish onshore extension
DENMARK: Three organisations in Denmark have called on the government to replace the current onshore wind support system with a new tender-based structure.
  Trade bodies call for Danish onshore extension
 
Tender process begins in Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA: The government has started proceedings and given further details on a tender for a project of up to 400MW, as announced earlier this month.
  Tender process begins in Saudi Arabia
 
E V E N T   P R O M O T I O N

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Project Development
JDR Cables named preferred supplier in Maryland
UNITED STATES: UK firm JDR Cables has been appointed preferred supplier by developer US Wind for its 750MW Maryland offshore wind project, if the site is permitted.
  JDR Cables named preferred supplier in Maryland
 
European Energy sells 17.25MW of Finnish capacity
FINLAND: Developer European Energy has sold three projects in Finland to Luxembourg-based fund FP Lux Investments.
  European Energy sells 17.25MW of Finnish capacity
 
Sowitec plans 90MW site in Russia
RUSSIA: German developer Sowitec has agreed a deal with local government to build a 90MW project in south-west Russia.
  Sowitec plans 90MW site in Russia
 
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