The first orders – for a volume of 100 MW – have already been initiated under the new framework agreement and are due to start operation in 2023, the companies said in a statement.
The existing partnership between the two companies covered 80 wind turbines totaling 500 MW.
Although Nordex downgraded its overall forecast for 2022 in June, the extension of its UKA deal continues a positive trend for the German manufacturer in recent months. It reported a 20% rise in order intake in the second quarter of this year, securing sales of 1,836MW in the period, compared with 1,534MW in the same period one year ago, and follows other orders secured earlier this month for 456MW in Brazil and 58.5MW in Poland.
UKA – which also operates in North and South America, as well as Europe – says it has an onshore wind pipeline in Germany of 1.2 GW in the permitting process, while its current global pipeline of wind and solar projects tops 12GW. And with Germany's onshore wind law approved last week - opening up a 10GW+ a year domestic market - the extended collaboration between Nordex and UKA is timely.
“In today's difficult setting we particularly appreciate the spirit of partnership displayed by Nordex, which unfortunately can no longer be taken for granted," said Gernot Gauglitz, managing partner of UKA. "Due to the very good collaboration with Nordex, we have decided to expand this partnership. We are looking forward to implementing a large number of projects with Nordex in the coming years."
Karsten Brüggemann, Vice President Region Central of the Nordex Group added: "Over the past few years UKA has established itself among the top German developers of wind farms. This collaboration also enables us to strengthen our position as one of the leading turbine suppliers in our domestic German market."
Nordex has also been working to strengthen its capital structure, hoping to raise a cash injection of €212 million in the next two weeks from a rights issue announced this week. This follows a €140 million investment by Acciona, its major shareholder, in June.