Dongfang to supply Blaiken phase 4

SWEDEN: Chinese manufacturer Dongfang Electric Corporation has signed a contract to supply nine 2.5MW wind turbines for the fourth phase of Blaiken wind farm in Sweden.

Dongfang's 2.5MW turbine will be installed at the Blaiken site

The deal includes installation of machines and related service.

In February 2014, Dongfang was contracted to supply the third phase Blaiken project with 30 2.5MW permanent-magnet direct-drive turbines.

The machines have all been installed and are in the stage of initial 266-hour test run. They are expected to be commissioned at the end of the month.

Nordex supplied the turbines for the project's firt two phases, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

The new contract shows the confidence of the Blaiken developer — a joint venture between utilities Skelleftea Kraft and Fortum — has in the Dongfang products as well as the company's ability to deliver.

It will be helpful for Dongfang to grow its presence in Sweden and explore other markets in northern Europe, the company said.

Dongfang has previously exported several 1.5MW turbines to Finland. And in March 2015, Dongfang announced that its 2.5MW model has acquired DNV GL Class-A certificates for design and type recognition.

Dongfang was the fourth largest wind turbine supplier in China last year, having installed a cumulative total of 9.27GW of wind turbines, representing a 8.09% share of the Chinese market, according to figures for 2014 by the Chinese Wind Energy Association.