Enercon installs 7.5MW turbine in Austria expansion

AUSTRIA: Enercon is planning to set up a joint project company with Austrian Wind Power, a subsidiary of Austrian energy company Bewag, as part of its aim to expand operations in the country.

The Enercon E126 7.5MW is currently the most powerful wind turbine in the world
The Enercon E126 7.5MW is currently the most powerful wind turbine in the world

It applied to the Austrian cartel authority on October 8 for the green light for the new joint venture. Enercon is to have 60% and AWP 40% in the new company. The company will install and operate an Enercon E-126 7.5MW wind turbine.

This is the largest type offered by Enercon and currently the most powerful wind turbine available in the world. It will be installed at a site in Potzneusiedl in the north of the state of the Austrian state of Burgenland in 2011.

This development follows a framework contract for supply of Enercon turbines signed by the two companies on 9th September 2010 after a Europe-wide tender procedure which began at the end of 2009.

The turbines supplied will be installed at Halbturn, Andau, Mönchhof, Nickelsdorf, Potzneusiedl, Kittsee, Deutschkreutz, Zurndorf and Nikitsch, all in the Austrian state of Burgenland, assuming every site is permitted.

The contract guarantees that the turbines are delivered when they are required. AWP already operates around 90 Enercon turbines with a total capacity of nearly 180MW.

To date, the largest developer and operator of wind stations in Austria, AWP plans to at least double its wind turbine capacity by the end of 2015 from currently 241MW.

It has projects in the planning process in the nine parishes totalling 350MW and expects to see at least 300MW finalised and built, comprising probably one hundred 3MW machines.

This would account for nearly one third of the Austrian government's planned additions of up to around 1GW of new wind capacity in the country by the end of 2015, the support regime allowing for growth of around 150MW-180MW/year.

AWP's new wind turbine investment will amount to at least €500 million. According to AWP parent Bewag, the overall investment could exceed €1 billion if construction costs, expenditure on operation, service and maintenance of the turbines for 20 years and more, and remuneration to the local parishes and property owners is taken into account.

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