Enercon commissions part of Europe’s largest onshore wind cluster

German manufacturer hands over the first turbines at one of the wind farms in the Markbygden onshore wind cluster in north-east Sweden

The Markbygden project in north-east Sweden (pic credit: Enercon)

Enercon has installed, commissioned and handed over 25 turbines to the owner of Europe’s largest onshore wind cluster, defying difficulties arising during the coronavirus pandemic.

The manufacturer confirmed it had handed over the first E-138 EP3 turbines of the 250MW northern section of the second phase at the 4GW Markbygden complex in Piteå, north-east Sweden. 

To date, 47 of the project’s planned 63 turbines have been installed, Enercon added. It is due to hand over a further 22 turbines in the first quarter of 2020, and the remaining 16 by the autumn.

The manufacturer had faced delays in the last quarter of 2020 due to lockdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic and complications with subcontractors, but had achieved all scheduled milestones by Christmas, it stated.

Although none of Enercon’s production partners had to shut down production, some suppliers faced delays due to lockdowns and quarantines, which pushed back the scheduled installation process, the manufacturer explained.

Enercon owns a minority stake in the project (15%), having sold the 85% majority stake to Swiss investors Energy Infrastructure Partners in May 2020.

It is also involved in the first phase of the Markbygden complex and the southern section of phase two.

The whole three-stage cluster will feature around 1,100 turbines with a combined capacity of about 4GW.