Parish rejects Areva 8MW prototype

GERMANY: Areva will be unable to install a prototype 8MW offshore turbine at an onshore site near Drochtersen in the rural district of Stade.

Areva's 8MW turbine
Areva's 8MW turbine

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The Drochtersen parish administration committee voted against beginning spatial procedures for the project, which was being developed by German wind developer Energiekontor.

Priority is to be given to construction of the new A26 motorway link, followed by a push to attract small industry and only thirdly to wind power,  parish mayor Hans-Wilhelm Bösch told Windpower Monthly today.

For the future, a wind project is expected but will have 11-13 smaller turbines. The Areva machine was to have a 180-metre rotor diameter and stand 250 metres tall, he said. Areva had hoped to have the turbine commissioned by Q4 2015, he added.

The site was originally selected because it is in the same district, Stade, as Areva's blade factory, Bösch said.

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