Nordex cancels offshore plans amid JV setback

GERMANY: Nordex has announced it is terminating its plans to develop and manufacture a 6MW turbine.

No more... Nordex's N150 6000 fails to progress beyond the drawing board
No more... Nordex's N150 6000 fails to progress beyond the drawing board

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The company had been looking for a partner to co-develop the turbine — the N150/6000. It said it would look to sell its offshore assets in the "short to medium term". 

Nordex launched its offshore division ‘Nordex Offshore GmbH‘ in 2010. Additionally, for a fast-track offshore wind market entry, a 40% share in the major German wind farm ‘Arcadis Ost 1’ project was acquired.

The onshore prototype N150 was scheduled for this year with an offshore version to follow in 2013. There were plans to deliver up to 70 turbines for the offshore project in 2014/15.

As revealed in Windpower Monthly's EWEA 2012 Liveblog day 2, Nordex's chief executive Jurgen Zeschky said it was likely the offshore turbines would be dropped if the joint venture did not come through.

Instead he said the company would look to develop its N117 2400 model, which is designed for low wind speed conditions. He added the target markets for the turbine included China and Europe.

Nordex was a relative newcomer to the offshore sector. So far its only two marine-specific machines operational are an adapted 2.3MW N90/2300 and a 2.5MW N90/2500 prototypes, which were installed in 2003 and 2006 respectively.

The N150 would have seen Nordex make its first switch to direct drive. The company says this can result in higher reliability and thus potentially better availability due to significantly fewer components.

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