Former Dong CEO Eldrup appointed LORC chairman

DENMARK: Former Dong Energy CEO Anders Eldrup has been appointed chairman of wind turbine testing body Lindoe Offshore Renewables Centre (LORC).

Eldrup was cleared of wrongdoing at Dong

Eldrup, who will take up the position with immediate effect, left Dong in March 2012 under somewhat acrimonious circumstances after the company accused him of awarding inappropriate bonuses.

The former CEO was cleared of wrongdoing by a court in September, when he was awarded DKK 8.7 million (EUR 1.2 million) for wrongful dismissal.

A report by the National Audit Office also found that the cost of management and administration had been reduced during Eldrup's time at the helm and that management executives — including those in the wind division — had received lower wages than in other, comparable energy companies.

Under Eldrup's control, Dong became the world's biggest developer in the offshore wind sector as the company made a concerted drive to move away from traditional power generation and into renewables.

LORC's nacelle testing facility is still under development. The 10MW facility will test nacelles assembled in their entirety including the hub, rather than just the drivetrain as at most sites.

In October Vestas announced that it will be the first to use the facility in the summer of 2014 to test its V164 8MW turbine.